To: All PSAC members in BC
This week, all Canadians including PSAC members have a unique opportunity to uphold and strengthen Canadian democracy.
On November 26th, the Conservative government introduced an Economic and Fiscal Statement that failed to provide relief for workers, or any measures to get the economy back on track. It also threatened to roll-back members’ rights.
Instead of dealing with the biggest economic crisis in decades the Harper government chose to:
- Break signed collective agreements by rolling back wage increases for some workers, including our members at the CRA
- Impose wage controls on all federal public sector workers, and
- Attack the right to pay equity
None of these actions will help workers or the economy.
Opposition parties rejected the Harper government’s wholly inadequate proposal and moved quickly to form a coalition government.
The opposition parties are acting in a responsible manner. They are not going to force another costly and time-consuming election. Instead, the Liberals and the NDP are planning to form a coalition government, with the support of the Bloc Québécois in the House of Commons, to get this Parliament to address the economic crisis in a way that benefits workers and their families.
We need a government that shows leadership: one that recognizes the economic crisis, invests in jobs and in people and respects our human rights.
PSAC members in the Lower Mainland can join with other concerned Canadians at a rally in support of a Coalition For Canada
- When: Thursday December 4th, doors @ 5PM, rally begins @ 6PM
- Where: Vancouver Trade & Convention Centre, right next to the Waterfront SkyTrain station, Downtown.
All PSAC members can call or email their MP to let them know we support a coalition that will lead us through this crisis. Visit www.makeparliamentwork.ca and send a message to your MP today!
PSAC members on Vancouver Island and in the Interior can contact their local District Labour Councils for information on any events that are planned in their areas.
Let’s make Parliament work. Let’s support a coalition government that will get us through this economic crisis.
In Solidarity, Kay Sinclair, Regional Executive Vice-President, BC
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