Unions now constitute the only organized group that possess the ability to put this Project on hold before it hurts everyone. It is in their self-interest take such a decision.Why? Because, when governments correct for high deficits, public servants are the first to be affected. The process starts with attrition, then claims positions held by those transitioning. If that combined figure is inadequate, Government determines how many additional bureaucrats have to go, no matter how important they may be; then the pink slips go out. I watched it happen when I was employed on the ‘Hill” and since.
Likely, public servants feel those bad years are behind us; that it’s all downhill from here. That’s because a lot of people, including the public sector unions are talking that way. They have ignored the potential fall-out from Muskrat Falls including the problem of cost overruns and the effect of declining oil prices. They cannot imagine the harm one of those problems can cause or the consequences of “the perfect storm”, where all three converge to impact lives and careers.