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(Halifax) - The president of CUPE Nova Scotia, Danny Cavanagh, says the provincial government’s introduction of fines to help improve workplace safety sends a much-needed message to both workers and employers.
“This is indeed a long overdue step on the part of government.  To have 32 workplace fatalities in the last year is 32 too many.  Workers, employers and the government all have a role to play so that we can lower that number to zero. 
“Sadly, it needs to come to a money issue for many employers to get them to understand the importance of occupational health and safety,” says Cavanagh.
Cavanagh, a municipal outside worker, says the changes allow the Department of Labour to assign a penalty after reviewing orders issued by a health and safety officer. This new penalty system is already in place in several other provinces.

For information:

Danny Cavanagh                              John McCracken
President, CUPE Nova Scotia         CUPE Communications Representative
(902) 957-0822 (Cell)                     (902) 455-4180 (o)