Nova Scotia’s health care Council of Unions is calling on government and employers to sign onto a safety protocol that ensures frontline workers are protected and supported during this unprecedented time. #nspoli Continue reading
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The Nova Scotia Government and General Employees Union (NSGEU) is the largest union in the province of Nova Scotia, representing the individual and collective interests of over 30,000 public and private sector employees. NSGEU members work in the civil service, centres of education, universities, hospitals, liquor stores, correctional facilities, municipalities, and other organizations across the province. Continue reading
Workers’ Forum is providing below information on Nova Scotia’s economy and workforce, as well as that of neighbouring Maritime provinces. The aim is to combat the disinformation spread by the monopoly media and cartel political parties about the economy which obscures the integral role of workers in producing all the social wealth. Continue reading
The Nova Scotia Council of Health Care Unions is proceeding with the first ever province-wide Health Care Bargaining Unit strike vote to oppose the wrecking of health care by the anti-social offensive of the McNeil government and defend the rights of the health care workers. Workers’ Forum talked to Jason MacLean, President of the Nova Scotia Government and General Employees Union (NSGEU), about how this work is going. The Nova Scotia Council of Health Care Unions is made up of the NSGEU, the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), Unifor, and the Nova Scotia Nurses’ Union. Continue reading
By TONY SEED
(Revised and expanded from a Facebook post on January 25) – CBC TV’s The National hosted by Michael Serapio devoted the first 21 minutes of its 3-4 p.m. newscast on 25 January to the case of Patrick Brown, who has resigned/sacked as leader of the Conservative Party in Ontario although not his seat as an MPP after two women accused him of sexual misconduct. The case is dominating the news cycle. Premier Wynne, head of a government known for corruption and selling out the interests of the working class as in the case of U.S. Steel, was “shocked.” For its part, the Ontario PC Party declared it “unequivocally upholds the principle that a safe and secure society is what we expect and desire” and has “a message of change.” Federal NDP leader Jagmeet Singh called the Brown allegations ‘heinous.” Tory MP Lisa Raitt says she has an “open door” for anyone experiencing harassment. All apparently stand for women’s empowerment. Continue reading
By Isaac Saney
(January 15) – Today is the 225th anniversary of the beginning of one of the most significant and dramatic chapters in the historic efforts of Africans in the Americas to reconnect with – indeed, return to – Africa. It was – and is also – a profound example of the active and conscious historical agency of the oppressed and exploited in their struggle to assert their democratic rights and achieve self-determination. Continue reading
Bruce Wark points us to the job description for the position of Managing Director Corporate and External Relations at the Executive Council office which was created by Stephen McNeil for Marilla Stephenson:
The position will lead the development of, and provide advice, plans, and strategic approaches that will inform decisions and assist with proactively managing issues. The Managing Director will lead, manage, consult and provide expertise in planning and execution of strategic, systems approaches to assist with managing issues, crisis and to proactively provoke strategic activities to assist in the delivery of the government’s agenda and support corporate priorities. Serves as a primary point of contact and liaison between the Premier’s Office and government departments. Continue reading
Some 15 years ago this day, the Inverness Oran, the community newsweekly on the west coast of Cape Breton Island, reported that the impoverished island, home to some 150,000 people, had decided to secede from the province of Nova Scotia, Canada. Continue reading
Anti-worker comments from John Bragg, president and CEO of Oxford Frozen Foods Ltd. are the latest in the neo-liberal propaganda war for privatization of public services and seizure of public assets. The ruling capitalist elite are in crisis over where to invest their accumulated social wealth. They are in a blind alley as they refuse to look to a new pro-social direction for the economy. With few options open to them on the front of private enterprise that would boost their profits, they are desperate to pillage public services through privatization and to plunder the public treasury with handouts and public-private-partnerships. Continue reading
Charles Dickens visited the Nova Scotia House of Assembly of the British colony in 1842 and observed:
“It was like looking at Westminster through the wrong end of a telescope. The Governor delivered the Speech from the Throne. The military band outside struck up God Save the Queen with great vigour; the people shouted; the Ins rubbed their hands, the Outs shook their heads; the Government party said there never was such a good speech; the Opposition declared there never was such a bad one; and in short everything went on and promised to go on just as it does at home.”
NATHAN J. FREEMAN on one of the central issues in the Nova Scotia Election October 6. Photo: At the gates of the Halifax Shipyards – one of many anti-war actions in Halifax opposing imperialist war and militarization of the economy. (Courtesy Halifax Media Co-op)
TML Daily (September 20) – BLASTING WORK has been under way this summer at the Halifax shipyard. This construction activity was announced as a necessary stage of preparing before actually building some newly-contracted naval vessels.
One resident of the neighbourhood telephoned the CBC to announce that she and her neighbours have had enough. Continue reading
TML Daily (September 20) – ON SEPTEMBER 7, the Dexter NDP government in Nova Scotia called a provincial election for October 8.
This comes after months of speculation in the monopoly media about the possible meanings of the outcome, whichever party wins.
The content of those speculations is no secret. The rich in Nova Scotia are deeply divided over future electricity supplies to the province and the implications for power rates and utility regulation. As CPC(M-L) has frequently pointed out, the rich call elections precisely to sort out contradictions in their ranks such as these. Continue reading
MEET DECEMBER 7, 2012, 1P.M. @ GRAND PARADE, HALIFAX (between Barrington and Argyle Streets). Continue reading
THE CHANGES in the EI system that the Harper government has announced are being denounced by workers and their organizations across the country. This includes fishery workers and the organizations of fishery and other seasonal workers on both coasts. These workers have taken a stand against the Harper government’s EI changes because they are both an attack on fishery and other seasonal workers and an attack on the regions where they live. Continue reading
Here is a press release from the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada. The workers are now on strike.
HALIFAX – CEP members at Local 1520 in Dartmouth, N.S., are poised to become the latest victims of labour unrest in the Halifax area. The 100 workers at Maritime Paper will go on strike this Friday, March 9th, unless the employer backs down on its concession demands. Continue reading
THE disinformation blaming the current Halifax trasit strike on the 763 workers and their union, Local 508 of the Amalgamated Transit Union Local (ATU), presents their struggle for their just demands as a unique local event in isolation from the neo-liberal, anti-social offensive by the state across Canada against public sector workers. The transit strike is also presented in an ahistorical prism, as if it is something entirely new. For the information of our readers, we are reproducing an article written at the conclusion of the summer 1998 strike from Nova Scotia’s Shunpiking Magazine. Continue reading
THE federal government has now officially announced that for the next 20 to 30 years the Halifax Shipyards, owned by the Irving billionaire clan from New Brunswick, will be building $25 billion worth of warships for the Canadian navy.
The deafening propaganda carried out for months in anticipation of this decision immediately went into high gear. From the CBC to the Halifax Chronicle Herald to the Postmedia chain of newspapers, the emphasis is to hype the self-serving logic of the monopolies about how the long-suffering industrial workforce and working families of Nova Scotia have now been “ensured stability of employment” for the next 20 to 30 years. This will then be used to dictate their working conditions and deprive them of the right to resist this dictate.Continue reading
Canadian Press is reporting: “Premier Darrell Dexter is travelling in the United States until Wednesday to promote the province’s life sciences and energy industries.
“One of his stops will be in Washington. D.C., where he will attend the world’s largest biotechnology conference. Continue reading
By HILLARY LINDSAY and MOIRA PETERS, Halifax Media Co-op
HALIFAX (June 15, 2011) – MILES HOWE is not your usual businessman, and he is about to embark on a very unusual trade mission.
Howe, founder of Peaceful Waters Trading Company and a journalist with the Halifax Media Co-op, spoke outside the World Trade and Convention Centre (WTCC) in downtown Halifax today after attending the Doing Business in Israel Workshop. The workshop was put on by Nova Scotia Business Inc. (NSBI) and is in preparation for a Government of Nova Scotia trade mission to Israel that is slated to take place in October of this year. Continue reading
Expect shipbuilding lobbyists, Dexter says
By DAVID JACKSON Provincial Reporter
(June 3, 2011) – Premier Darrell Dexter expects there will be lobbying on Ottawa’s $35 billion in shipbuilding contracts, despite federal Public Works Minister Rona Ambrose’s message at a defence industry trade show.
Ambrose told the audience in Ottawa on Wednesday that companies involved in the bidding were asked not to use lobbyists in an effort to keep politics out of the process. Continue reading
June 2, 2011
Premier Darrell Dexter, Office of the Premier
PO Box 726, Halifax, Nova Scotia, B3J 2T3
Sent via email: email@example.com
Dear Premier Dexter,
At a time when the world community, including US President Obama, is increasingly concerned about Israeli intransigence and choosing, therefore, to pressure Israel to conclude a just peace with the Palestinians, we are concerned to learn that the government of Nova Scotia is contemplating a trade mission to Israel, Continue reading
Discussion on the Significance of the Election Result
By TONY SEED
THE NDP “swept Quebec” with 58 out of 75 seats. It’s an “Orangiste wave.” Euphoria reigns in the Anglo-Canadian ruling circles.
Meanwhile, as of the May 2 Federal Election, three of the four seats in the NATO port of Halifax, headquarters of Maritime Command, are also now NDP. The federal contract for three new massive warships – Joint Support Ships – opens on May 18. A real conflict with Quebec is possible. Continue reading
Tony Seed, Halifax Media Co-op, April 20, 2011 – ON TUESDAY, APRIL 19, some thirty international students at Dalhousie University held an emergency protest rally outside the Mona Campbell business building – where the Dal board of governors was to meet – to condemn a 10 per cent increase in differential fees over and above the proposed three cent increase in student tuition and by 10 and 14 per cent for medical and dentistry students (in effect, a user pay fee) respectively. Continue reading
HALIFAX December 1, 2010 – CANADIANS are dead set against the privatization of the health care system but are faced with governments that serve private not public interests. As a result, they use the social wealth to pay the rich while claiming there is a scarcity of funds for health care and other social programs. After creating a crisis in health care by depriving it of the required funds, a “solution” is then presented in the form of public-private-partnerships or P3s, promoted as a creative way to solve the “health care crisis.” Canadians have seen that they are simply another way to put public money at the disposal of private interests. One such example in Nova Scotia is particularly insidious because it is not even referred to as a P3. Continue reading
ON APRIL 26, the Nova Scotia NDP government passed its second budget since coming to power. The budget raises the province’s harmonized sales tax (HST) to 15 per cent – the highest in the country.
Nova Scotians will see the HST climb from 13 per cent to 15 per cent starting in July and all retired civil servants will have a cap put on cost of living adjustments to their pensions.