Gov’t wages distort labour market: CFIB

High public-sector wages make it tough for smaller private-sector firms to attract and retain staff
By David Brown
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 11/25/2003


anadian governments are overpaying their workers, making it tough for small- and medium-size private-sector employers to attract and retain people, according to the Canadian Federation of Independent Business.

“Disparities in wages and non-wage benefits favouring the public sector distort the labour market by enticing workers to exit private-sector employment,” states the report Wage Watch, released last month by the association dedicated to promoting and supporting small- and medium-sized employers.