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(Toronto) - The President of Canada’s largest union has voiced its opposition to Premier Rodney McDonald’s strike ban legislation.

Paul Moist and Danny Cavanagh, president of CUPE Nova Scotia, have written the Premier saying they are, “deeply disturbed to hear that you will be introducing legislation designed to amend the Trade Union Act in order to take away the right to strike from some 32,000 health and community care workers in Nova Scotia.”

“We cannot fathom why you would proceed with this regressive law despite the fact that both the NDP opposition and Liberal party have stated publicly they would not support any law that takes away workers’ rights,” said the letter from Moist and Cavanagh.

“This law would only serve to make health shortages worse and do nothing to address the real problems in health care, like ER closures, unacceptable wait times, problems with recruitment and retention and much more.

“We would like you to know that over 2,000 CUPE local leaders from across the country gathered for our national convention in Toronto, pledged today to commit the resources of the national union to fight this blatant attack on workers’ rights,” the two CUPE presidents said.

For information:

Paul Moist                           
CUPE National President

(613) 558 2873 (cell)

Danny Cavanagh

CUPE Nova Scotia

(902) 957-0822


John McCracken

Cupe Communications Rep.

(902) 455-4180 jmccracken@cupe.ca