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TRURO, NSCUPE Nova Scotia President Danny Cavanagh is very disappointed with the announcement of yet another “shared services review” by the provincial government.

Today, the provincial government issued a request for proposals which targets the province’s school board sector, along with several other government departments and crown corporations.

I am extremely disappointed and upset that government did not consult with stakeholders prior to making this announcement”, says Cavanagh. “We represent over 3,700 front-line education workers throughout this province who have already been hit hard. They have endured two very difficult years of back-to-back cuts and job losses, and now there’s potential for even more uncertainty.”

School boards in this province have had their budgets cut to the bare bones”, says Cavanagh. “In my opinion, this new review could potentially lead to a further erosion of our province’s already troubled education system.”

Cavanagh says, “Instead of seeking bids from private companies, what this government should be doing is bringing stakeholders together to seek their advice on improving the system. After all, they are the people on the ground and they know it best.”

Today’s announcement is just more of the same old thing that hasn’t worked in the past. I fail to see how government thinks it will work this time around”, says Cavanagh.

Cavanagh adds, “We will be meeting with our provincial school board committee in the coming days to discuss an action plan regarding the circumstances surrounding this matter.” 

For more information, please contact:

Danny Cavanagh     
President, CUPE Nova Scotia   
(902) 957-0822 (cell)

Derrick Barrett
CUPE Communications
(902) 455-4180