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CUPE health care workers across Nova Scotia are voicing their political opposition to the Hamm governments Bill 68, with a Day of Protest today.

They are joining with other health care workers in the Day of Protest to show the provincial government that they cannot trample on the rights of working people.

Picket lines were up at hospitals across Nova Scotia for most of the day. Hospital workers were asking everyone other than medical emergencies - to honour those picket lines.

Bill 68 takes away the right to strike and denies access to free collective bargaining for 9,000 acute care workers, including 3,000 health care workers in 35 hospitals represented by CUPE.

CUPE health care workers have gone to great lengths to ensure that emergency services are being provided in every facility where we are participating in a Day of Protest.

We have informed our employers that we will cooperate in every way possible to make sure medical emergencies are attended to.

Meanwhile, a vote on Bill 68 which took place in Premier Hamms own riding Sunday, saw 704 ballots cast at a flea market in New Glasgow. 693 people- or 98% of those who voted said they wanted to see Bill 68 withdrawn.

In addition, a bed sheet with more than 500 signatures from the premiers own constituents will be presented to Hamm some time this week.