Rallies planned at noon on Wednesday in Sydney, Halifax and New Glasgow.
Halifax (30 Aug. 2010) - The Nova Scotia Government and General Employees Union (NSGEU/NUPGE) is planning rallies in three centres on Wednesday, Sept. 1, to support deputy sheriffs across the province.
The rallies will be held from noon to 1 p.m. as follows:
Sydney: Sydney Justice Centre, 136 Charlotte St.
Halifax: Spring Garden Courthouse, 5250 Spring Garden Rd.
New Glasgow: Ross Landry's Constituency Office, 115 MacLean St.
The provincial government announced earlier this summer that it would reduce or eliminate the hours of 24 deputy sheriffs (10 permanent positions and 14 term positions). Some deputy sheriffs had their hours reduced from 50% to 100%.
"This is unacceptable and unnecessary. We believe there is a solution to reinstate their hours," NSGEU says. "We expect to have a meeting scheduled over the next couple of days, with the public service commission and the department of justice to address the reduction of hours."
NSGEU is urging its members, families and friends to "make every effort" to attend and show support.
The National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) is one of Canada's largest labour organizations with over 340,000 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
• NSGEU working to resolve deputy sheriff cutbacks
• NSGEU fighting any cuts to deputy sheriff services