Firing sends chill through public sector (Editor’s notes)

We should be encouraging, not stifling, intelligent debate about policies, products and ideas
By Todd Humber
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 03/12/2012

These are not fun times to be a public sector employee. Unionized workers and management alike are being buffeted by political storms.

Austerity remains the word of the day and taxpayers — weary from years of economic turmoil in the private sector — are in no mood to support what they consider lavish and excessive perks for those on the government payroll.

But it’s not just taxpayer angst and fear of job loss that are making life in the public sector rough — tolerance for dissent appears to be on the wane. There’s no better example of this than the firing of Gary Webster, chief general manager of the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC).