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<p><b>(Sydney)</b> With the possibility of 50 layoffs looming at CBRMs incineration facility, the union representing outside workers with the municipality says it was quite disappointed they had to learn of the possible cuts in the media last week.
CUPE National Representative Jacquie Bramwell says, In fact, the executive of Local 759 has contacted the employer several times to discuss the fate of the facility and still have had no formal response. Its very disheartening when our members have to read about their jobs being on the line in the morning paper, with not even a word of it from the people who employ them.
I honestly think the Director of Public Works at CBRM at least owes his employees and their union the courtesy of a meeting to discuss these types of matters before they hit the press, says Bramwell.
Bramwell says, To date, CBRM has insisted that if anything happens it would not be before December, 2005 and they will of course meet their obligations under the collective agreement. Obviously, Local 759 was taken aback when they saw the stories about the possibility of 50 layoffs.
New provincial landfill legislation comes into effect at the end of 2005, which could directly impact how CBRM disposes of its solid waste.
<b>For information:</b>
<br>Allan Clarke, President, CUPE Local 759
<br>902-5778-5938 (Cell)
</p><p>Jacquie Bramwell, CUPE National Rep.
<br>902-539-4933 (o)
</p><p>John McCracken, CUPE Communications Rep.
<br>902-455-4180 (o)