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Rodney McDonald’s plans to take away the right to strike from some 32,000  health care workers in Nova Scotia appear to have bitten the proverbial dust.

In a surprise announcement today, Liberal Leader Stephen MacNeil said his party won’t be supporting a ban on health care strikes.

CUPE had joined in a coalition of seven health care unions to fight the planned legislation.

CUPE Nova Scotia President Danny Cavanagh was thrilled with the development.  “We are very pleased that the Liberals have seen through this clearly political move by the MacDonald government.  They know as well as we do, that such a ban would make health shortages worse in our province, not better.”

“Health care workers in Nova Scotia are saying they do not want their bargaining rights taken away.  They want the real issues in health care dealt with, including things like shortages, wait times, ER closures and mental health issues.

“We also understand that both opposition parties agree with us that essential services legislation is not going to solve the real problems in health care,” says Cavanagh.  

To find out more about this issue visit www.dontmakeshortagesworse.ca.