Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) - Atlantic

Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) - Atlantic

September 06, 2011 11:47 ET

CUPE NS calls Canadian Taxpayers Federation's 'Unfair Labour Day' campaign "slimey"

TRURO, NOVA SCOTIA--(Marketwire - Sept. 6, 2011) - CUPE Nova Scotia President Danny Cavanagh is coming out swinging against a campaign launched by the Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) which has targeted Labour Day.

As part of their campaign, the federation is suggesting that governments are going into debt to maintain what they call an unfair wage gap between private sector and public sector employees.

Says Cavanagh, "The CTF appears to hold a worldview where all working people should be making minimum wage, with no pensions and no benefits. But to try and target the one day of the year when labour gets to celebrate its accomplishments is just downright slimey. There is no other way to describe it.

"The CTF's mantra that the private sector is always good and the public sector is always bad is simplistic in the extreme. Were they living under a rock when the entire global economy almost collapsed in 2008? This crisis was caused entirely by greedy corporations and investment bankers in the private sector," he says.

"Unlike the CTF, Nova Scotians understand that decent pensions are not a bad thing, especially in a province like Nova Scotia with a rapidly aging population. My question to this lobby group is what do they think our seniors are going to live on," asks Cavanagh.

Contact Information

  • Danny Cavanagh
    CUPE N.S. President
    (902) 957-0822 (Cell)

    John McCracken
    CUPE Communications Representative
    455-4180 (o)