CUPE slams MacDonald government's strike law move as "cynical and cowardly"

    HALIFAX, Dec. 7 /CNW/ - The president of CUPE Nova Scotia says Rodney
MacDonald's decision not to bring his own government's bill on banning health
strikes to a vote in the House is, "both cynical and cowardly."
    Danny Cavanagh says, "After putting 32,000 health and community care
workers through eight months of uncertainty over the fate of this legislation,
to then not have the courage of your own convictions to bring the bill forward
speaks volumes about the character of this government.
    "In fact, the premier himself didn't even speak on the bill," says
Cavanagh. "I'm sure this is because he knows as well as we do that his own
credibility with Nova Scotians on health care issues is next to zero.
    "The people of this province hold him responsible for the long list of
real problems in our health care system, from doctor shortages to ER closures
and ridiculously long wait times for patients," says Cavanagh.
    "And the CEO's of the health districts are complicit in this cynical,
political manipulation. So now we are going to watch the spectacle of a
hospital employer forcing a union to take a strike vote so they can slam
nurses and other health care workers over the head with this legislation.
    "These same hospital CEO's have been promoting this bill. The best way
for them to get the bill passed is if they force a strike vote. I don't know
whether to call this act shameful or shameless," says Cavanagh.
    Cavanagh says, "As Canada's largest union, we are putting Rodney
MacDonald on notice that CUPE will be standing shoulder to shoulder with any
other union that is sideswiped by the machinations of a desperate government."

For further information:

For further information: Danny Cavanagh, President, CUPE Nova Scotia,
(902) 957-0822 (Cell); John McCracken, CUPE Communications Rep., (902)
455-4180 (o),

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