Customs and Immigration Union (CIU)

Customs and Immigration Union (CIU)

April 11, 2012 16:25 ET

National Representative of Public Safety Workers to Reveal Full Impact of Federal Budget Cuts on National Security

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 11, 2012) - The National President of the Union representing 11,000 public safety workers of the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA), is resolved to ensure Canadians know the truth about the public consequences of the Harper Government's cuts to national security and public safety.

CIU National President Jean Pierre Fortin will be providing as of yet undisclosed information during a media session which will be held at the Canadian Parliamentary Press Gallery, Charles Lynch Press Conference Room (Center Block, 130-S) on Thursday, April 12, 2012 at 10:30am.

Public safety workers are taking this step because Canadians have a right to know the truth about the impact that decisions being made by CBSA in conjunction with the Harper Government will have on the safety of the Canadian public.

"As a result of our repeated questioning of CBSA officials since the release of the Budget, we have now secured some specifics of what critical public safety activities and services are to be reduced or eliminated. These cuts fully contradict the Government's supposed commitment to improved border security and completely undermine the announced emphasis on intelligence led border security in the Canada-US 'Beyond the Border' Agreement. We will be providing details of these cuts so Canadians know the truth about CBSA and the Harper Government's attack on the safety and security of our communities. "

The Customs and Immigration Union (CIU) is a component of the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC), which represents Canada's Front-Line Customs and Immigration Officers. CIU also represents Investigation, Intelligence and Trade Customs Officers, Immigration Inland Enforcement and Hearings Officers, as well as all support staff - all of whom work at the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA).

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