National Public Service Week 2023

June 12, 2023

The Nova Scotia Federation of Labour is proud to recognize and celebrate National Public Service Week, which runs from June 11 to 17. This annual event provides us a valuable opportunity to acknowledge and appreciate the hard work and dedication of all our public service workers who serve our communities and contribute to the well-being of our province.

Public service workers play a vital role in our society, providing essential services that ensure the health, safety, and prosperity of all Nova Scotians. They are the backbone of our public education, healthcare, transportation infrastructure, and countless other crucial sectors. Their tireless efforts often go unnoticed, keeping our province running smoothly.

This year’s National Public Service Week holds even greater significance as we remember how hard they worked during the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, floods, fires, and, you name it.  They were on the front line demonstrating unwavering commitment and resilience in unprecedented circumstances. They have worked tirelessly to protect our communities, provide critical services, and support the most vulnerable. Their dedication and sacrifice deserve our utmost respect and gratitude.

It’s also crucial to recognize that our public service workers faced significant challenges and barriers, including understaffing, inadequate resources, and increasing workloads. The pandemic exacerbated these issues, putting additional strain on our dedicated workforce. We must prioritize their well-being and provide the necessary support and resources to ensure they can continue to deliver the high-quality services our communities rely on.

Sisters and Brothers, as we celebrate National Public Service Week, the Nova Scotia Federation of Labour calls on all levels of government, employers, and the public to recognize the value of our public service workers. We must invest in fair wages, safe working conditions, and meaningful job security for them. We must foster a workplace culture that values the contributions of public service workers and actively promotes their well-being. We encourage all Nova Scotians to take a moment this week to express their appreciation and gratitude to the public service workers who work diligently to serve our communities.

Let us stand together in solidarity, recognizing the indispensable role of public service workers and advocating for their rights and well-being.

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