Supreme court ruling on collective bargaining should make MacDonald rethink strike ban

    TRURO, NS, June 11 /CNW/ - The president of CUPE in Nova Scotia says last
week's historic ruling by the Supreme Court of Canada protecting the right to
free collective bargaining puts the MacDonald government's plan to ban strikes
in a harsh new light.
    Danny Cavanagh says his union and its 16,000 members in Nova Scotia are
applauding the landmark ruling by the Supreme Court of Canada on June 8.
    Says Cavanagh, "Premier MacDonald needs to recognize that this ruling
from the country's highest court affirms that free collective bargaining is
protected by Canada's Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
    "The fundamental question for us is, what is the point of having the
right to bargain collectively if, at the end of the day, your right to
exercise your legal right to strike is removed from you," asks Cavanagh.
    "All of the hard fought gains that health care workers have made in this
province, would simply not be there today if we did not have that right.
Everybody knows that, even the Premier can't argue with that," he says.
    "Collective bargaining is the fundamental reason that unions exist and
now the Supreme Court has recognized the Charter protects that right. Rodney
MacDonald needs to back off his poorly thought out idea of taking away those
rights from health care workers," says Cavanagh.

For further information:

For further information: Danny Cavanagh, President, CUPE N.S., Cell:
(902) 957-0822, Home: (902) 895-2352,; John
McCracken, CUPE Communications Rep., (902) 455-4180 (o),

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