CUPE Nova Scotia leader shuns Atlantica trade deal

    TRURO, N.S., Aug. 9 /CNW/ - Nova Scotia's premier has it wrong when he
says he wants a national policy to allow workers to move freely from one
province to another, said CUPE Nova Scotia president Danny Cavanagh while
attending a labour rally outside the premiers' meeting in Moncton, N.B.,
    "Our premier is pitching the agreement between Alberta and British
Columbia as a model, but it won't make things better for workers or anyone
else," Cavanagh said.
    "Workers are moving freely between provinces and, as a result, we are
seeing the start of labour shortages in Nova Scotia."
    The agreements, Atlantica in the east and the Trade, Investment and
Labour Mobility Agreement (TILMA) in the west, have been negotiated in secret
and will impose harmonization on local economies.
    Cavanagh fears that Atlantica, which includes a dispute settlement
mechanism, will encourage a race to the lowest provincial labour standards in
the country.
    "We know there is heavy pressure on all provinces to implement
inter-provincial trade agreements," he said. "These will give corporations the
power to force elected governments to remove laws and regulations they don't
    Cavanagh joined hundreds of citizens in a march on the Council of the
Federation premiers' meeting where protesters stressed the same concerns about
the trade deals.

For further information:

For further information: Danny Cavanagh, President, CUPE Nova Scotia,
(902) 899-0775 (Cell), (902) 895-2352,

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