Labour Media release

News release: Federation President says public services rally an important event

(Halifax, NS) – Union members and their friends will gather at province house for a rally to Save our Services on Wednesday April 3rd. The rally is hosted by the Nova Scotia Federation of Labour and its affiliated unions.

NSFL President, Danny Cavanagh, says it is an important event and that the Federation’s affiliated unions and members are becoming concerned about health care, long-term care, education and our public services in general.

“We need to fix the crises in health care and education, provide more and better care for seniors, provide more long-term care beds and stop downsizing and privatizing our public services!” says Cavanagh.  “We need to ensure our public services are protected and not diminished, dismantled or destroyed. We are also concerned with poverty in our province and the fact that far too many families are suffering.”

“Our message to the provincial government will be loud and clear: a strong, united labour movement will fight to protect our public services – the valuable services provided to all Nova Scotians by dedicated workers.  We will also call on the government to give our unions a place at the table and rely on our expertise and ideas to help problem solve. This government has taken the road of cut, cut, cut – we say it’s time to invest and rebuild, and we want to help.”

The rally will start at 12 noon and is scheduled to continue until 2:00pm. Those who attend will hear from union leaders and others from across the province on the issues each of them and their members are facing, and to call on the McNeil government to Save our Services.

“It’s obvious that cuts do not work. It’s time to join together to defend our public services, because we all want the same thing at the end of the day – a province that’s a great place to work, live and raise our families” says  Cavanagh.

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The Nova Scotia Federation of Labour is the provincial voice of the Labour Movement, representing 70,000 members in over 400 union locals.