News release: “The change announced today is an important start in addressing domestic violence in Nova Scotia, but it is not far enough and we would like to see ten days of paid domestic violence leave as the best way to give victims true economic stability”, says Nova Scotia Federation of Labour president Danny Cavanagh.
A little something about the right to strike, how good things happen when workers go on strike, and a call to support the six activists arrested and charged by Halifax police.
Tony Tracy is one of the six labour activists who last night were arrested after picketing in support of the postal workers who were legislated back to work. This is what Tony posted on Facebook after his release from custody this afternoon.
On Christmas Eve stores stay open until 6pm, even 8pm, and one retail worker believes that’s way too late, and it’s time for a change.
“Can we just race down the highway? Rob a bank? Steal from a store? Of course not. How then can the government pass legislation that is against our Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms?” Danny Cavanagh on legislating postal workers engaged in rotating strikes back to work.
NS Federation of Labour president Danny Cavanagh on the forced ending of the postal workers rotating strikes: “I am shocked that our Liberal government has initiated back to work legislation for the workers at Canada Post. Remember that union members are your constituents.”
Two clips this weekend, to highlight two film festivals happening this week, one a mini one, the other a full blown festival, and both with an excellent line up. Kampung Tapir, a 17-minute short from Indonesia/Malaysia about migration, is part of this Tuesday’s screening presented by Mayworks’ Canadian Labour International Film Festival. Next we present a trailer for the full length Singing to Myself, about a young deaf woman living in Prince Edward Island and the precocious musician who comes into her life. That is one of the many gems offered by the Bluenose-Ability Film Festival, running from November 29 to December 3rd.
News release by the NS Federation of Labour: “This government should be increasing corporate taxes because we know this kind of smoke and mirrors economic agenda has only made the rich richer while workers suffer from actual pay decreases when we factor in inflation.”
“The sky isn’t going to fall, but that’s what you’d think if you listen to the right-wingers’ sound bites on a higher minimum wage in Nova Scotia, or in fact anywhere,” writes NS federation of Labour president Danny Cavanagh.
Some 700 Canada Post workers, who provide mail service in the urban parts of HRM and from Lake Charlotte to Hubbards, walked off the job today. When I visited the picket line on Almon Street I assumed that the job action would be part of a series of rotating one-day strikes across Canada. That’s not the case, the Canadian Union of Postal Workers strike action in the Nova Local that began on Monday, November 12, 2018 at 8:00 pm will continue until further notice, a media release announces. I updated the article to reflect that change.