TRURO, NOVA SCOTIA--(Marketwired - Feb. 11, 2014) - CUPE Nova Scotia President Danny Cavanagh says Federal Finance Minister Jim Flaherty missed a golden opportunity to help Nova Scotians by joining the provinces and expanding the Canada Pension Plan (CPP).
Says Cavanagh, "Over 11 million Canadian workers are without a workplace pension plan. Labour has been pushing for a gradual and modest expansion of the CPP as the best way to ensure retirement security for each and every Canadian."
"In addition," says Cavanagh, "the federal government should reverse its decision to increase the eligibility age from 65 to 67 for Old Age Security and GIS."
"The changes to Employment Insurance which were introduced by this government are not only hurting people, but also impacting employers that rely on skilled seasonal employees.
"CUPE is calling on the Harper government to scrap the changes to EI that they snuck in with last year's omnibus budget," says Cavanagh.