NSFL says federal fiscal update disappoints workers and communities

November 21, 2023

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The Federal Fiscal Update has failed to address the pressing financial concerns of workers and communities, asserts Danny Cavanagh, President of the Nova Scotia Federation of Labour (NSFL).

“We are happy to see a small expansion to Employment Insurance for seasonal workers with the extra four weeks of E.I. We need to see how restricted it may be to collect. It is good to see action on child care and sustainable jobs. When we create public childcare spaces, more parents can enter the workforce. When we invest in the energy transition, we create sustainable, union jobs of the future”, says Cavanagh.

The union leader is also critical of the update for its lack of measures to help workers cope with escalating inflation costs. “The update lacks substantial assistance for those struggling to make ends meet. It does not address the escalating rent costs, little detail on mortgage payment increases, too much reliance on grocery corporations to do the right thing and lower prices, and no mention of a National Pharmacare system. Nor does it propose exactly what is affordable housing.”

The NSFL has championed the cause of workers for years, fighting for fair policies and adequate support systems. Cavanagh calls for a more equitable tax system that ensures profitable corporations pay their fair share. “It’s time to tax profitable corporations so that they contribute equitably to our society. Workers and their families deserve to enjoy the benefits of these contributions, helping them navigate day-to-day life more comfortably.”

In the face of an economic climate that continues to burden the working class, Cavanagh and the NSFL remain steadfast in their mission to champion workers’ rights. They continue to call for policies prioritizing people over profit and offering immediate, tangible benefits to workers and their families.

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For more information or to arrange interviews contact: NSFL President Danny Cavanagh @ (902) 957-0822 

The Nova Scotia Federation of Labour is the provincial voice of the Labour Movement, representing 70,000 members in over 400 union locals.

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