Cuts to Tourism and Parks Represent a Major Step Backwards
Province-wide – The Nova Scotia Government and General Employees Union (NSGEU) is upset with the recently announced plans by the McNeil government to close two Visitor Information Centres (VICs) in Pictou and Digby, and to switch seven campgrounds to so-called “self service” registration arrangements.
“In our view, these cuts unfairly target rural communities in Oakfield, Porters Lake, Digby, Pictou, Shelburne, Windsor, Guysborough, Country Harbour, and Whycocomagh. These jobs provide important seasonal employment that makes a difference to those communities, families, and local businesses. These cuts mean the loss of 58 seasonal staff positions: 38 from the parks and 20 from the Digby and Pictou VICs.
Front line staff at parks and VICs provide important services that include convincing visitors to try new things and extend their stay in our province – word of mouth information and experience that cannot be replaced by machines or the internet.
“Nova Scotians are known for our friendliness and hospitality,” says Jessome. “Does the government really want to take the people out of the visitor experience and say to the rest of the world, “just google it?”
Jessome wants the government to reconsider these decisions and their devastating impacts. “These are seasonal jobs where employees not only lose their income but will also not qualify for EI,” she says. “We fear the impact of these job cuts on affected individuals, their families, and the economy of their local community will be irreversible.”
The Nova Scotia Government and General Employees Union represents over 30,000 women and men who provide quality public services Nova Scotians count on every day.
For more information, or to arrange an interview with NSGEU President Joan Jessome, please contact: Deedee Slye, NSGEU Communications Officer
902-424.4063 (office) 902-497-6761 (cell) firstname.lastname@example.org
May 13, 2020
Dear members of Local 87, The NSGEU is putting out an EOI (Expression of Interest) for two bargaining unit members...
May 12, 2020
Yesterday (May 7), Premier Stephen McNeil announced government’s plan to award a bonus of up to $2,000 to frontline health...
May 8, 2020
Denied Vacation Carryover? Please read and consider joining our grievance Local 99 and 92/99 members: Your Collective Agreement has language...
May 2, 2020
Dear members, The NSGEU belongs to a coalition of unions representing workers in the post-secondary sector. Together, we have drafted...
May 1, 2020
A personal message from President MacLean Happy International Workers Day! (May Day). During this pandemic there are two things that...
April 27, 2020
The Joint Job Evaluation Committee (JJEC) met as planned in March, but was not able to come to complete agreement...
April 24, 2020
Good afternoon, NSGEU members were mandated by the Minister of Health to be redeployed at Northwood Manor via Ministerial Order. We now know that...
April 22, 2020
NSGEU nurses redeployed to Northwood Manor are reporting extremely serious concerns about the health and safety of vulnerable seniors due...
April 16, 2020
A coalition of unions representing more than 40,000 health care workers is launching a new campaign today, asking Nova Scotians to call...