Tory hypocrisy exposed as attacks on workers continue in midst of financial scandal

OTTAWA, June 7, 2013 /CNW/ - The ongoing Senate scandal, the resignation of MP Brent Rathgeber from the Conservative caucus and the recent discovery of a Conservative secret fund are exposing the Tories' true ways of governing, says the President of the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada (CEP).

"It is the height of hypocrisy for the Conservatives to introduce anti-worker bills such as Bill C-525 in the name of so-called transparency and accountability while the public is learning the existence of a secret fund in the PMO," said Dave Coles, CEP National President. "The public sees through this cynical game."

On Wednesday, June 5, 2013, Private Members' Bill Bill C-525 was introduced by Blaine Calkins, Conservative MP for Wetaskiwin, Alberta. The Bill proposes significant amendments to Canadian labour legislation that would alter the certification and decertification rules for union members. Another anti-worker bill is currently being debated in the Senate. Bill C-377 would unfairly force unions to disclose financial information that no employer has the obligation to make public.

"We know that the Conservatives are going after workers and that their actions are driven by pure ideology while trying to give more power to the business class," added Coles. "If there was a shadow of a doubt that the Tories were still able to govern this country, it has vanished this week in the midst of so much scandal."

The Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union (CEP) and the Canadian Auto Workers Union (CAW) are joining forces to form a new Canadian union called Unifor set to be formed on Labour Day Weekend, 2013. Both unions have committed to an organizing fund of 50 million over 5 years to increase the numbers of workers in Canada who are members of a union.

SOURCE: COMMUNICATIONS, ENERGY AND PAPERWORKERS UNION OF CANADA

For further information:

Dave Coles, National President, 613-299-5628, dcoles@cep.ca

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