NDP

NDP introduces legislation to repeal Bill 148

November 8, 2016


For immediate release.

HALIFAX – The NDP Caucus will introduce two bills today to repeal Liberal legislation that limits labour rights in the province. The legislation would repeal Bill 148, which forces a two-year wage freeze on public sector workers without negotiation, and Bill 100, which limits collective bargaining rights at Nova Scotia universities.

“Over the past three years, this Liberal government has used legislation as a weapon against homecare workers, nurses, university teachers and staff, front-line service providers, and teachers,” said NDP Labour Critic Dave Wilson. “The people who teach our children or look after our seniors deserve respect from government.”

“Bill 148 is unconstitutional. It undermines the core idea of free and fair collective bargaining,” said Danny Cavanagh, President of the Nova Scotia Federation of Labour. “Repealing Bill 148 will allow the collective bargaining process to proceed the way it should and will make it easier to get a settled contract with public sector workers.”

Since Bill 148 was passed in December 2015, teachers voted overwhelmingly a second time to reject a tentative collective agreement. Last month, teachers voted 96 per cent in favour of a strike mandate for their union. The Nova Scotia Government and General Employees Union will vote on a proposed collective agreement in December. The NSGEU is recommending its members vote against the agreement.

“Stephen McNeil and his government have shown an extraordinary level of disrespect to nurses, health care workers, and, particularly, teachers,” said NDP Leader Gary Burrill. “A good step towards repairing the relationship between the province and our teachers would be to repeal this undemocratic and immoral legislation.”

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For more information, contact Kaley Kennedy at 902-229-6881 or kaley.kennedy@novascotia.ca.