Information Picket/Rally: Time to Stop the Privatization of Nova Scotia’s Registries.
Place: Access Nova Scotia Centre; 250 Baker Dr., Dartmouth
Date: October 3, 2015
Time: 11a.m. to 1p.m.
The government is continuing to move ahead with the privatization of our public registries: the Land Registry; the Registry of Motor Vehicles; and the Registry of Joint Stocks.
Our members who work for these registries provide quality public services to Nova Scotians and in return, these services provide millions to the province in revenue. The Registry of Motor Vehicles alone brings $90 million revenue annually into the provincial coffers.
But when government privatizes services, it hands over its responsibility for ensuring they remain as high quality, accessible public services. Corporations answer first to their shareholders who will drive up profits by reducing services, cutting corners, lowering pay and benefits, or laying off workers altogether.
The public ends up paying more to pay for the service through increased taxes, rate hikes, user fees and extra charges. Instead of revenue being reinvested in community services and local economies, profits are taken out of Nova Scotia, along with the jobs they could have supported. Smaller communities pay the heaviest price. Service cuts, job losses, and less money for local businesses hit them hardest.
Join us on Saturday to protest government’s plans to sell-off these important public services!
NSGEU 2nd Vice President, Dustin Rioux, will be in attendance and available for interviews.
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