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(Halifax) - The president of CUPE Nova Scotia says he will be attending a meeting today with other union leaders. Danny Cavanagh says, “What is clear is that the Tories are looking for an issue to build public support and now they are pitting the workers in the health care sector against the government. Our union and its members in the sector are very troubled by this threat by the Premier.

Says Cavanagh, “This is a diversionary tactic on the part of Rodney MacDonald  to try and cover up his mismanagement of the health system by attacking the very people that are working so hard to hold things together. 

“I believe that once we clearly demonstrate to Nova Scotians how few person hours have actually been lost to strikes in this sector in the last 25 years, that they will come to the same conclusion,” he says.

CUPE represents the largest segment of health care workers in mainland and rural Nova Scotia.  Our union is always willing to discuss ways to address the problems in health care, but having this threat hanging over our heads is no way to enter respectful discussions.

Emergency room closures over the last number of years have caused more disruption to health care services than any work stoppages have, along with the lack of health care professionals,” says Cavanagh.

Fix those problems, Mr. Premier.  There is no ‘strike’ problem to fix,” he says.

For information:

Danny Cavanagh                                    John McCracken

President, CUPE Nova Scotia                 CUPE Communications Representative

(902)   957-0822 (Cell)                            (902) 455-4180 (o)