Today, NSGEU President Joan Jessome and home support workers presented politicians with approximately 1,200 signed pledges, stating that if their work is contracted to another company, they will not accept employment unless their union representation with the NSGEU and contractual terms and conditions are respected by the new employer.
“These pledges are a very clear signal to government that, if they choose to further privatize home support work without ensuring the workers’ rights and benefits are respected, they will be faced with a crisis in home care,” said NSGEU President Joan Jessome.
“This disaster can be easily avoided: the Minister of Health can guarantee – in writing – that workers’ union representation and collective agreements will follow them to whichever employer is selected to deliver the care.”
The presentation of the pledges was made at the Legislature, following a series of province-wide rallies organized by the Nova Scotia Health Care Network.
The Nova Scotia Government and General Employees Union represents over 30,000 women and men who provide quality public services Nova Scotian’s count on every day.
For more information, please contact:
Holly Fraughton, NSGEU Communications Officer