"Our members who work for these registries provide quality public services to Nova Scotians, and in return, these services provide millions to the province in revenue." — Jason MacLean, NSGEU 1st Vice-President
Halifax (02 Oct. 2015) — Members of the Nova Scotia Government and General Employees Union (NSGEU/NUPGE), along with 1st Vice-President Jason MacLean, will be holding a “Chase the Joker” event at Chase the Ace from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. on October 3 in Inverness, Cape Breton. Members will be on site with a moving truck, giving out prizes, and playing games with a special, custom deck of cards.
Rally to inform the public about government plans to cut and privatize provincial public services
This McNeil’s Movers' Moving Day rally has been organized to raise awareness of the McNeil government’s plans to cut and privatize provincial public services and to illustrate that these plans will only drive more Nova Scotians out of the province.
"The McNeil government is continuing to move ahead with the privatization of our public registries," said MacLean. "Our members who work for these registries provide quality public services to Nova Scotians, and in return, these services provide millions to the province in revenue."
When government privatizes, it hands over its responsibility for ensuring those services remain as high quality, accessible public services. Corporations answer first to their shareholders who will drive up profits by reducing services, cutting corners, lowering pay and benefits, or laying off workers altogether.
Privatization means less revenue for the province, cuts to services and user fees
The public ends up paying more for services through rate hikes, user fees and extra charges, not to mention through a possible raise in taxes due to loss of revenue from giving public services away. Instead of revenue being reinvested in community services and local economies, profits are taken out of Nova Scotia, along with the jobs they could have supported. Smaller communities pay the heaviest price. Service cuts, job losses, and less money for local businesses hit them hardest.
The National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) is one of Canada's largest labour organizations with over 360,000 members. Our mission is to improve the lives of working families and to build a stronger Canada by ensuring our common wealth is used for the common good. NUPGE