PSAC and CAW Face the Same Battles

April 10, 2010


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PSAC and CAW Face the Same Battles
PSAC and CAW Face the Same Battles
dated April 10, 2010

Port Elgin, Ontario
April 10, 2010
      

Port Elgin, Ontario
April 10, 2010



John Gordon
Public Service Alliance of Canada President

       "I think that many of the battles that the PSAC is involved with are the same battles that the CAW are involved in. And because no matter what happens, no matter what sector we represent the private sector or the public sector, the challenges we face are many and involving protecting our members against serious attacks made against their jobs, their pensions and their human rights. Given the many sectors you represent I think you'll see we face many of the same challenges. Because fundamentally brothers and sisters no matter your employer workers are being paid for this recession. Wether you work for an automaker the post office or the federal government workers are being scapegoated as a result of the economic meltdown. An economic crisis none of us had anything to do with creating but one we are all being forced to pay with and paying for bosses mistakes."



 

John Gordon
Public Service Alliance of Canada President

       "We all need to work together in this difficult time. No one should be left standing alone we must help each other. Your fight is our fight. I think it's truer know than ever ever it was before. Over 1.5 million Canadians are unemployed and as many as five hundred thousand will exhaust their EI benefits this year."



 

John Gordon
Public Service Alliance of Canada President

       "So the federal budget made it clear that public services are being made to pay for the recession even though we didn't cause it. The government and the media are promoting a deficit hysteria and the deficit must be paid off quickly and at all costs. What about the social costs of our service loss and more jobs lost? I hope brothers and sisters that the worst of the recession is behind us but the truth is Canada's economic recovery is very very fragile. Canadians have suffered through the financial crisis of 2008 and the recession of 2009 and they continue to suffer. If the recession has shown us anything it's that Canadians need to expect more services from their government not less. They expect safe food and drugs, employment insurance benefits, social services to assist them and their families and strong pensions to ensure retirement with dignity. You've all seen this. Everyday you come face to face wth the victims of recession."


 

John Gordon
Public Service Alliance of Canada President

       "The government wants to increase foreign investment in Canada and increase free trade all of which takes jobs out of the country. the government plans to deregulate more of our public services, including food safety, environmental protection and transportation safety. If the listeriosis scare taught us anything it's that the private industry can't be allowed to regulate themselves. Stephen Harper doesn't think so. So we need to tell him and we need to tell him very very strongly this is not on and we're not going to stand and allow him to do it."

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