"public health care system is at a crossroads. The refusal of the Harper government to negotiate a new Health Accord with the provinces that meets the needs of Canadians combined with the attack on the union rights of health care workers at the provincial level is creating uncertainty, concern and a feeling of insecurity," said , Unifor's Atlantic regional director.
"Over the past few months, the rights of health care workers have been eroded as a result of legislation from thegovernment. On top of that, our members are worried about the impact less funding for health care will have on the services we provide to Nova Scotians and it's yet to be seen what impact government restructuring plans will have on health care in our province," said , President of Unifor Local 4600, which represents approximately 1,200 health care and daycare workers across . "For our members in health care there is no doubt that these are uncertain times."
"It's up to us to demand more from our elected officials with respect to health care," said, Unifor's regional director. "We have an aging population which will put more strain on the system and on the workers responsible for people's lives. Health care is a key issue for Unifor, not only because of the workers we represent but because it is something that affects all Canadians."