MONCTON, NB, Sept. 19, 2011 /CNW/ - Leaders of 18 unions representing
hundreds of thousands of Canada's public sector employees are calling
on the federal government to reverse plans to cut valuable public
services and jobs which Canadians depend on from coast to coast to
The bargaining agent members of the National Joint Council held a summit
in Moncton, New Brunswick to discuss ways in which they can promote and
defend public services in the face of unnecessary and damaging
austerity measures being implemented by the Harper Conservatives.
"We came together today to demonstrate that our members will stand
together with Canadians across the country to work to strengthen the
public services on which we all depend," said John Gordon, National
President of the Public Service Alliance of Canada. "Public services
reflect the fundamental Canadian values of fairness and equality of
opportunity, and must be protected."
The representatives of Canada's public service workers met with Atlantic
Canadians who deliver vital public services to the region, as well as
community leaders who know of the negative impact that cuts will have
on the local economy.
"The government's obsession with austerity in fragile economic times and
its suspicion of the public sector will damage the health, safety and
well-being of Canadians", said Gary Corbett, President and Chief
Executive Officer of the Professional Institute of the Public Service
By signing the Partnership with Canadians declaration, federal public
sector unions are committing to continue to put the public interest
first in their efforts to strengthen Canada's future. They are also
launching a country-wide petition to call on Tony Clement, the
President of the Treasury Board, to put critical services and the
viability of the long-term social safety net ahead of short-term
concerns for reducing the deficit in a fragile economy.
"The programs and services our members collectively deliver to Canadians
improve our nation's standard of living, help Canadians build vibrant
communities, and protect the environment," said Claude Poirier,
President of the Canadian Association of Professional Employees.
National Joint Council bargaining agents call on the government to hold
meaningful consultations with its employees to ensure that the public
interest comes first.
For further information:
Lesley Thompson, PSAC Communications, 902-471-6201 (mobile)
Pierre Villon, PIPSC Communications, 613-864-6700 (mobile)