Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) - Atlantic

Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) - Atlantic

January 20, 2010 08:58 ET

Workplace Safety Fines Long Overdue Says CUPE Nova Scotia President

HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA--(Marketwire - Jan. 20, 2010) - 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.

Contact Information

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