News release: This province to do more to protect workers from wage theft, and more to protect workers when companies declare bankruptcy, says NS Federation of Labour president Danny Cavanagh The Federation of Labour is planning to collect donations for the 600 workers who were not only laid off, they are owed 3 weeks pay with three weeks to go before Christmas. The concern is these workers will have no pay or ability to access EI benefits before Christmas.
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.
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.”
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.
A couple of years old, but excellent and well worth the read, here is a manifesto of sorts on climate change submitted by the Nova Scotia Federation of Labour to to the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Catherine McKenna.
Danny Cavanagh tackles the myth that tax cuts for big corporations somehow benefit society. “Enough of the one-liners and quotations, and people buying into the agenda that taxes are too high. The fact is, the big business elite isn’t taxed enough. It’s time they ante up, stop tax avoidance in tax havens, and start to pay their fair share, both personally and for their big businesses. Just like the rest of us.”
Those working in the cannabis sector who are non-union will not likely have things like a fair wages, sick and medical benefits, a pension or to even be covered by provincial labour standards if they are classed as agriculture workers, writes NS federation of Labour president Danny Cavanagh. It’s time to protect and enshrine into law better protections for the workers’ employment and labour conditions.
Governments are increasingly using Social Impact Bonds as a method to finance what are broadly called social services. With social impact bonds governments repay investors only if the programs improve social outcomes, for example, lower unemployment or prison recidivism. The approach has been tried in Justice and corrections, skills training, public health, child welfare, services for seniors, early childhood development, education, homelessness, supports for people with physical disabilities, and mental health to name a few. But really it’s just another flavour of privatization, writes Danny Cavanagh.
Danny Cavanagh on the government plans to build the QEII replacement through a P3 approach. “The real lesson history teaches is that private-public partnership deals are bad for taxpayers.”