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HALIFAX – A coalition of the province’s health care unions will hold a march and rally this Thursday, November 22 at the provincial legislature.

They will be protesting the MacDonald government’s plans to bring forward legislation that  bans health care strikes.  Both opposition parties have said they will not support the bill.

The event will unfold as follows:

  • 1:00 pm Health care workers will gather at Parade Square
  • 1:30 pm March to Province House with police escort
  • 2:00 pm Throne Speech expected to commence

(ATTENTION ASSIGNMENT/PHOTO EDITORS: From 2:00 to 3:00 pm, when the Lieutenant Governor is expected to be speaking, protesters will be listening to speeches behind the Legislature and marching around the facility.  Out of respect for the Lieutenant Governor, noisemakers will not be used during this one-hour period.)

The coalition consists of seven unions, including the NSGEU (Nova Scotia Government Employees Union), CUPE (Canadian Union of Public Employees), NSNU (Nova Scotia Nurses Union), CAW (Canadian Auto Workers Union), IUOE (International Union of Operating Engineers), SEIU (Service Employees International Union) and CUPW (Canadian Union of Postal Workers).

For information: 

Rick Clarke (NSFL) at 454-6735; Danny Cavanagh, CUPE, (902) 957-0822; Joan Jessome, NSGEU, 471-4566; Janet Hazelton, NSNU, 456-2084; Shauna Wilcox, CAW, 1-800-591-7523; Gerard Higgins, SEIU, 455-1095; Dwayne Fitzgerald, IUOE (902) 539 5438; Fred Furlong, CUPW, 454-5812.