The Nova Scotia Federation of Labour is surprised that the province ended its fiscal year with a $150 million surplus and along with many Nova Scotians, I’m wondering how that can be, after the mantra of the McNeil Liberals has been “the sky is falling, the sky is falling.”
We believe the surplus is at the expense of thousands of unionized workers in the province, with the majority of collective agreements remaining open and unresolved. What makes this surplus even more astounding, is that thousands of Nova Scotians face a shortage of health care services, can’t find a heath care provider, continue to see overcrowding in hospitals, emergency rooms closing and are faced with bed shortages for those requiring long term care. Thousands of people need and require mental health care. We all know that mental health resources in rural areas are overburdened, with a shortage of psychiatrists and waiting times for help far too long.
Nova Scotians should be appalled that the government left millions on the table. This is not a time for our government to play shell games with the public when our infrastructure and roads are crumbling and people can’t get the services they need and thousands of its workers providing services to the public have unresolved contracts.
President, Nova Scotia Federation of Labour