HALIFAX, April 5 /CNW/ - The four Nova Scotia public sector unions that
have been lobbying the provincial government for workplace violence
regulations says today's announcement is a "good first step, but completely
misses the mark on the definition of violence and restricting the new
regulations to only certain sectors."
The Nova Scotia Government and General Employees Union (NSGEU), Nova
Scotia Teachers Union (NSTU), Nova Scotia Nurses' Union (NSNU) and the
Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Nova Scotia are working together as
the Coalition Against Workplace Violence. The Coalition set up a website on
the issue, organized six regional meetings and made a major submission to the
Minister of Environment and Labour.
In November 2006, the Coalition called on the provincial government to
enact long-standing draft workplace violence regulations from 1996 into
NSGEU President Joan Jessome says, "In our response to the province's
discussion paper on workplace violence, the Coalition urged the minister not
to exclude emotional and psychological forms of abuse, such as bullying and
intimidation, from its definition of workplace violence.
"Targeting so-called "high risk" sectors such as health care and
education was also seen as short-sighted, arguing that the protections should
cover all workers and all employers in Nova Scotia," says Jessome.
For further information:
For further information: Media Contacts: Joan Jessome, President NSGEU,
(902) 471-4566; Danny Cavanagh, President CUPE Nova Scotia, (902) 957-0822;
Janet Hazelton, President NSNU, (902) 456-2084; Mary-Lou Donnelly, President
NSTU, 477-5621; For more information on the Coalition Against Workplace
Violence, please visit www.stopworkplaceviolence.ca