Nova Scotia NDP Observes International Workers’ Day

May 2, 2016

For Immediate Release
May 1, 2016

Halifax, NS – Today the Nova Scotia NDP and leader Gary Burrill are acknowledging May 1 as International Workers’ Day. This day is observed internationally as a celebration of the labour movement’s achievements, and in recognition of ongoing struggles for workers’ rights.

The Canadian labour movement has a proud history of advocating for better wages, pensions, occupational health and safety standards, and much more.

“Nova Scotia has a strong labour movement, to which we owe credit and deep gratitude,” said Burrill. “However, workers’ rights continue to be under attack in this province. Recent attempts to freeze wages of public servants speak to a clear disrespect for workers on the part of the McNeil Liberal administration.”

Among the NDP’s legislative priorities for this spring session is a $15 minimum wage.

“Working should lift you up, not drag you down,” said Burrill.

Poverty elimination is a core priority of the NDP, and has been a focus of Gary’s conversations with people across Nova Scotia.

“On International Workers’ Day, we need to commit ourselves to a path of reducing income inequality and widening opportunities for people,” he said.

Today Gary will be bringing this message to the community of Westville, at a meeting of the Pictou East NDP association.


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For more information please contact Kyle Buott at the NSNDP Caucus at (902) 424-4134