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(St. Johns) Canadas largest union says it is outraged to learn that Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Danny Williams quietly left the country last night for a week in Barbados.

CUPE Newfoundland and Labrador President Wayne Lucas says, After telling thousands of public sector workers on Monday night (January 5) that they will be facing wage freezes for the next four years or more, our new premier has the audacity to then hop on a plane for some fun in the sun!

The fact that hes done this quite clearly demonstrates that our millionaire premier is completely out of touch with the lives of working women and men in his own province, says Lucas.

The premier, who owns several golf courses himself, reportedly left for the Caribbean island Tuesday and is expected to be there until next Thursday.

Says Lucas, The optics of this, I believe, speak for themselves. They are horrendous.

Lucas says the 5,000 CUPE members in Newfoundland and Labrador along with tens of thousands of other public sector workers will be livid when they hear of this.

After telling us that the provinces deficit is out of control and economic chaos awaits us, you would think a newly-elected premier would be right here on the job trying to deal with this so-called crisis, says Lucas.

It sure puts a new twist on an old saying - when the going gets tough, I guess the tough go golfing.

For information:
Wayne Lucas, President, CUPE Newfoundland & Labrador
753-0732 (o) - 727-2509 (Cell)

John McCracken, CUPE Communications Rep.
(902) 455-4180 (o)