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A union delegation from Devco has traveled to Ottawa to press their case that the mines are viable and should not be privatized.

Meeting with representatives of all five parties, the delegation presented the unions’ plan for the future of the mines.

“We have clear alternatives to the government’s plans for closures, privatization and layoffs,” said Angus MacEachern, president of CUPE 2046, representing 150 Devco workers. “But the Liberals aren’t listening. Their Atlantic caucus made it clear it’s political payback time for kicking David Dingwall out of Cape Breton. It’s a complete betrayal of our region.”

Members of the local will be meeting to plan further action and a community rally is slated for Sunday in Glace Bay.

CUPE signs proclaiming “Our future is not for sale” have sprung up across Cape Breton and a pamphlet is being delivered door to door explaining the union’s alternative.