Full-time job losses a cause for concern in Cape Breton

January 6, 2017

For immediate release.

NEW WATERFORD –  NDP Leader Gary Burrill is urging the Liberals to get serious about rising unemployment as full-time jobs continue to fall in Nova Scotia. Nova Scotia lost 5,500 full time jobs in the past month according to Statistics Canada’s Labour Force Survey. This contributes to a disturbing trend of full-time job losses. Since December 2015, the province has lost 13,300 full time jobs.

“Stephen McNeil only has one idea – balance the budget no matter the price. The price that people are paying is fewer full-time jobs,” said Burrill. “We need a government that will invest in people and their skills and ensure that there are good jobs close to home.”

The McNeil government’s cuts to public services have led job losses in Cape Breton in tourism, court services, health services, and economic development.

“The Liberals have cut hundreds of jobs in Cape Breton. Jobs in tourism, at court houses, at nursing homes. Cape Bretoners’ deserve better,” said Carmie Erickson, President of the Cape Breton District Labour Council.

“To create good jobs close to home, we need to start to invest in our future. This means making sure young people get the skills and training they need. It means increasing the minimum wage to $15 so that people can make ends meet. It means reversing the cuts to nursing homes to ensure seniors get the care they need and we protecting good, local jobs,” said Burrill.

Gary Burrill will be speaking at a town hall meeting tonight at 6:30 PM at the New Waterford Fire Hall.


For more information, contact Kaley Kennedy at 902-229-6881 or kaley.kennedy@novascotia.ca