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Mill River sale should not be a model for provincial properties: UPSE


CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. — The Union of Public Sector Employees (UPSE) says the sale of Mill River Resort should not be a model for other provincial properties.

Mill River golf course, shown here in this photo by Golf Links P.E.I, opens for the season May 16. Photo special to The Guardian.

UPSE represents 49 employees who are affected by the Mill River sale, including nine permanent, 39 casual and one special projects staff.

“(Employees) have been contacted by the employer and informed of the news, and we will be meeting with our members to discuss their options as provided under the collective agreement,” said UPSE president Karen Jackson in a news release.

“… The union will support its members in their bid to apply for positions within the new ownership group, and or the public service, and will look into possible successor rights.”

UPSE said it has been aware of the status of the Mill River property since last May when it was leased to the private sector as a preliminary step toward a possible sale.

Jackson said the union believes provincial parks should remain accessible to the public.

“Islanders are proud of the beautiful recreational facilities that have been built using public funds. They should remain in public ownership,” she said. “Most facilities such as Mill River would not exist if had not been for government investment.”

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