NORTH BAY, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Sept. 5, 2016) - This Labour Day there is one simple message: It's time working people did better, said CUPE Ontario President Fred Hahn, speaking to the crowd gathered at North Bay's Labour Day Picnic at Waterfront Park.
"While corporations have been stockpiling billions in off-shore bank accounts people's costs are skyrocketing, workers' wages haven't come close to keeping up, retirement pensions are under attack and there aren't enough jobs to go around," said Hahn. "Corporations now pay such little tax that we're losing the public services that have made this country a fairer place to live. Compounding these problems, our governments are choosing to sell-off assets and privatize the services that were built through our tax dollars, so that corporations will haul in even more money that should be going back into providing public services."
In North Bay the municipal government wants to follow the advice of the multi-national corporation KPMG and privatize Cassellholme despite public opposition and research that clearly demonstrates substantively higher levels of care in municipally run long-term care homes, even over not-for-profit where much of the work gets contracted out to for profit companies.
"North Bay is a community that takes care of its own and we can't stand by and let KPMG smooth talk our municipal councils into a plan that will hurt our aging seniors," said Henri Giroux, CUPE Ontario Vice President and President of the local Labour Council. "We must stand up for the needs of our community."
"Labour Day is a time when working people can take stock our achievements, reflect on our struggles, and evaluate what's required to improve the everyday life everyone in our communities," said Hahn. "As many are saying these days, 'It's 2016.' Life should not be getting harder for most of us while a small group of elites continue to hoard more wealth than anyone could ever actually use. It is time for the tide to turn. It's time for our governments to stop bowing to the corporate agenda and start representing the needs of working people in this province."
CUPE is Ontario's community union, with more than 260,000 members providing quality public services we all rely on, in every part of the province, every day. CUPE Ontario members are proud to work in social services, health care, municipalities, school boards, universities and airlines.