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B.C. workers brace for mass layoffs

VANCOUVER, B.C. -- B.C.'s Liberal government will being handing out pink slips to one third of its workforce -- mor...


VANCOUVER, B.C. — B.C.’s Liberal government will being handing out pink slips to one third of its workforce — more than 11,000 employees — today.

The massive staff reduction is part of a bid to cut spending by $2-billion and balance the provincial budget within three years. Government services are also
expected to be cut by up to 50 per cent with only health care and education — where spending has been frozen — avoiding the axe.

On average, ministries are expected to be cut by 35 per cent. But the toll exacted by the end of this so-called Black Thursday for highways, in particular, could be much greater. The department is expected to see 60 per cent of its workforce — about 1,400 full-time employees — phased out the next three years.


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