The provincial government says they will only privatize cleaning services if it is cost-effective.
On Thursday they announced they will be looking into that before a decision is made.
The SGEU has said the decision to privatize government cleaning services would cost 251 people their jobs.
Deputy Minister of Central Services Richard Murray said this is nothing more than a business decision to potentially help the province save money.
Murray also said this is not something out of the blue, and it has been under consideration for some time now.
“We’re the only Canadian jurisdiction to our knowledge that exclusively uses government employee’s to clean government buildings. We have been considering this for some time now, probably a year and a half. We just felt it was the right time to do a thorough assessment, go to market and see if we can achieve some cost savings,” Murray said.
There is already 30 government-owned buildings that currently have privately hired cleaning services.
The province said those were previously privatized either to save funds or due to the difficulty of finding staff.
SGEU later responded calling the contracting out process “unethical and demoralizing.”