Alberta labour body fears huge job cuts

The Alberta Federation of Labour estimates as many as 60,000 jobs could be lost if the government cuts billions from the provincial budget next month.

The number of jobs lost -- not backed up by any government documents or confirmation to date -- would outpace even the effects of the global recession, federation president Gil McGowan said Monday morning.

"It's true that the government has not been talking about job cuts," McGowan said. But, "You can't cut $2 billion or $3 billion out of a provincial budget and not see job losses."

The federation outlines the risk of cutting government spending in a report called "Worse Than the Recession," released Monday.

The province is expected to outline the road to $2 billion in cuts and savings when the 2010-11 budget is released Feb. 9.

Edmonton Journal, Tues Jan 26 2010

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