Canada's largest union voices opposition to strike ban law



    TORONTO, Oct. 19 /CNW/ - The President of Canada's largest union has
voiced its opposition to Premier Rodney McDonald's strike ban legislation.
    Paul Moist and Danny Cavanagh, president of CUPE Nova Scotia, have
written the Premier saying they are, "deeply disturbed to hear that you will
be introducing legislation designed to amend the Trade Union Act in order to
take away the right to strike from some 32,000 health and community care
workers in Nova Scotia."
    "We cannot fathom why you would proceed with this regressive law despite
the fact that both the NDP opposition and Liberal party have stated publicly
they would not support any law that takes away workers' rights," said the
letter from Moist and Cavanagh.
    "This law would only serve to make health shortages worse and do nothing
to address the real problems in health care, like ER closures, unacceptable
wait times, problems with recruitment and retention and much more.
    "We would like you to know that over 2,000 CUPE local leaders from across
the country gathered for our national convention in Toronto, pledged today to
commit the resources of the national union to fight this blatant attack on
workers' rights," the two CUPE presidents said.




For further information:

For further information: Paul Moist, CUPE National President, (613)
558-2873 (cell); Danny Cavanagh, CUPE Nova Scotia, (902) 957-0822,
cupenovascotia@tru.eastlink.ca; John McCracken, CUPE Communications Rep.,
(902) 455-4180, jmccracken@cupe.ca

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