HALIFAX, Sept. 29, 2014 /CNW/ - Unifor is calling on Premier McNeil to
accept the health care unions' proposal for a bargaining association.
"The health care unions have a smart proposal that will avoid the chaos
and instability that will result with the government's proposed
legislation," said Jerry Dias, Unifor National President.
Last week the Liberal government announced it was rejecting a carefully
considered and reasonable proposal to create a single bargaining
association developed by the four unions representing the province's
health care workers. Today, the government will introduce legislation
that will force all health care workers into bargaining units that will
be represented by a union of a government appointed mediator's
"The McNeil government's proposed legislation undermines workers' rights
and is a blatant attack intended to weaken the labour movement in Nova
Scotia," said Jerry Dias Unifor National President.
"For months, Unifor, CUPE, NSGEU and NSNU have been working together to
find a way to address the government's concerns. We have found a
solution that not only addresses the concerns, but also protects the
rights our members," said Lana Payne Unifor Atlantic Regional Director.
Under the union proposal for a bargaining association the four unions
would bargain together, but would continue to represent their own
"Our proposal will best protect health care workers - and the health
care system," said Payne, who also suspects the government's proposed
legislation is part of a larger plan to restructure the province's
health care system and introduce more privatization.
"This is the fourth piece of legislation from the McNeil government that
has undermined workers' rights and the ability of unions to represent
workers," stressed Payne. "Unifor will fight with everything we've got
to protect the workers in this province."
Unifor National President Jerry Dias is asking to meet with Premier
Unifor will be joining CUPE, NSGEU and NSNU at a rally at the provincial
legislature at 4 pm today to protest the attack on workers' rights in
Unifor is Canada's largest union in the private sector, representing
more than 305,000 workers. It was formed Labour Day weekend 2013 when
the Canadian Auto Workers and the Communications, Energy and
Paperworkers union merged.
For further information:
please contact Unifor Communications Staff Representative Shelley Burgoyne at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 902-717-7491.