HALIFAX Premier John Hamms scheme to slash vital government services hit a major stumbling block as members of the Canadian Union of Public Employees from across the province launched their fightback campaign today.
With the launch of our Save Our Services Campaign, CUPE is fighting back, says CUPE National President Judy Darcy. Were saying no to crowded hospitals and crowded classrooms. Were saying no to user fees and privatization. This is the start of a long battle and were going to fight the Tories all the way till the next election.
CUPE Nova Scotia is determined to take on Premier Hamm over the $300 million cut to public services, his government announced in April. As a result of these cuts, hospitals will close and health services will be cut. Children have also been targeted as education support workers and maintenance staff are laid off. As well, concerns for road safety have risen, as the government looks at handing over highway maintenance to private contractors.
Every person in this province will be affected by these cuts, says Betty Jean Sutherland, President of CUPE Nova Scotia. Hamm knows that these cuts are unnecessary, but in his misguided pursuit of smaller government hes willing to compromise the services Nova Scotians have come to depend on.
The launch of SOS coincides with the end of the legislative session and the beginning of the season of picnics, festivals and parades events politicians use to meet with the public.
CUPE Nova Scotia is not going to sit back and allow the Hamm government to destroy vital services in this province, says Sutherland. Were determined to hold these Tory MLAs accountable. Were going to hound them at every community event throughout the summer and were not going to give up till these cuts are reversed.
CUPE represents 14,000 women and men in health care, education, municipalities, social services, libraries and utilities in Nova Scotia.