FREDERICTON, Sept. 23, 2014 /CNW/ - Unifor vows to push the
newly-elected Liberal government in New Brunswick to act on priority
"The Liberals have said they are willing to work with the labour
movement on key issues, including protecting and advancing workers'
rights - but they have been very vague," said Lana Payne, Unifor
Atlantic Regional Director. "Unifor will be working with the NB
Federation of Labour to push the new government to take real action."
Prior to the election, the union released the results of a six-question
survey and found that while there were some positive platform pledges,
none of the parties went far enough in their commitments on key
economic and social issues.
Unifor's Report Card on the New Brunswick Election revealed party responses on issues that an advisory team of local
Unifor leaders thought important to the province's future and to Unifor
members: fracking, forestry, passenger rail, women's reproductive
choice, child care and labour rights.
"We are also very concerned about women's lack of reproductive freedom
in New Brunswick," said Payne. "One of the new government's first
decisions must be to remove legislative restrictions on abortion."
Federal Liberal leader Justin Trudeau has recently made remarks that the
party will uphold a woman's right to choose. The provincial party has
been less vocal in its support, responding to the union's questionnaire
only that they would "review" the current legislation which mandates
that a woman get the signed approval of two doctors stating the
procedure is "medically necessary".
"Let me be clear, our union is totally committed to ensuring the women
of New Brunswick have the right to choose for themselves whether or not
to carry a pregnancy. This is not a decision about what is 'medically
required' to be made by doctors. This is a decision about what makes
best sense for the woman involved - and it is a decision that is
ultimately her decision, and her decision alone," stressed Payne.
To read the complete Report Card, with responses from the Liberals, the
NDP and the Progressive Conservatives, visit www.unifor.org.
Unifor was founded Labour Day weekend 2013 when the Canadian Auto
Workers and the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers unions merged.
With more than 305,000 members, including more than 6,500 in New
Brunswick, Unifor is Canada's largest union in the private sector.
For further information:
Shelley Burgoyne, Communications