CEP delivers response to Saskatchewan's labour consultation

REGINA, July 24, 2012 /CNW/ - Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada (CEP) President Dave Coles delivered the union's response to Saskatchewan's labour consultations today in Regina. The delivery was symbolically made on the steps of the Court of appeal on the very day where, fifty years earlier, after the doctors ended their strike, Saskatchewan created the model for the current health care system in Canada.

"Today should be a day that all progressive minded Canadians celebrate Saskatchewan's role in advancing social policy," said Dave Coles, National President of CEP. "Unfortunately it's overshadowed by the Saskatchewan Party's desire to make the province the main Canadian battleground for those who want to turn the clock back on workers' rights."

The Saskatchewan government recently launched a consultation process that puts into question basic workers' and union rights. The CEP's submission to the labour highlights how the consultation paper contravenes International Labour Organization statutes as well as Supreme Court of Canada decisions.

"By delivering our submission to the Saskatchewan court of Appeal, we are telling Premier Brad Wall that if his proposals become a reality, this is where we'll be in a few months," added Coles. "We decided to save the government the trip".

CEP also launched a campaign to defend the rights of working people in Saskatchewan. More information can be found at www.cep.ca/speakout.


For further information:

or to schedule an interview

Dave Coles, National President, 613-299-5628
Susan Saunders, National Representative, 306-540-3353

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