Premier "resorting to distortion" to try and win support for strike ban law

    HALIFAX, Nov. 27 /CNW/ - Premier Rodney MacDonald has now stooped to
distorting the facts to try and win support for his proposed ban on health
care strikes.
    Rick Clarke of the Nova Scotia Federation of Labour says, "The premier is
trying to mislead the public by suggesting in the media that eight provinces
have banned health care strikes. This is simply false. Only three provinces
have done so and for him to suggest otherwise is a desperate attempt to
distort the facts.
    "Seven provinces in Canada continue to allow health care workers to
strike. The eight provinces the premier is talking about have so-called
'essential services' legislation, which is nowhere near the same thing. It's
also something his own government has ruled out for Nova Scotia.
    Says Clarke, "What is particularly galling, is that this same distortion
is being used in TV ads being paid for with taxpayers' dollars and run by the
NSAHO - the employer group. Those ads ask, 'Isn't it time Nova Scotians had
the same protection as eight other provinces?' Again, this is a total
distortion of the facts."
    Clarke says Nova Scotians deserve to have the facts presented accurately
to them, from both sides in this dispute.
    "No province has taken away the right to strike from health care workers
in 25 years. Shame on the premier for not being honest with Nova Scotians,"
says Clarke.
    The coalition consists of seven unions, including the NSGEU (Nova Scotia
Government Employees Union), CUPE (Canadian Union of Public Employees), NSNU
(Nova Scotia Nurses Union), CAW (Canadian Auto Workers Union), IUOE
(International Union of Operating Engineers), SEIU (Service Employees
International Union) and CUPW (Canadian Union of Postal Workers).

For further information:

For further information: Rick Clarke (NSFL), (902) 454-6735; Danny
Cavanagh, CUPE, (902) 957-0822; Joan Jessome, NSGEU, (902) 471-4566; Janet
Hazelton, NSNU, (902) 456-2084; Shauna Wilcox, CAW, 1-800-591-7523; Gerard
Higgins, SEIU, (902) 455-1095; Dwayne Fitzgerald, IUOE, (902) 539 5438; Fred
Furlong, CUPW, (902) 454-5812

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