By Shay Enxuga
Halifax Water Workers are staying strong on the picket lines. CUPE Local 227 (outside workers) and CUPE Local 1431 (inside workers), representing collectively over 300 workers, have been locked out now for six weeks as they try to defend their pensions. Management is proposing massive rollbacks that could see workers’ pensions slashed by up to 30 percent.
The workers’ pensions are on the chopping block despite the fact that Halifax Water has raised water rates by almost 50 percent in the last four years and somehow manages to find the fat in the budget to sustain a top-heavy worker-to-manger ratio of approximately three-to-one.
Fiscal restraint is clearly not a priority, as Halifax Water is also shelling out top dollar to hire “elite strike security”.
However, the lines are solid. Workers at the Cowie Hill picket line are clearly digging their heels in for a good fight. They’ve constructed an awesome make-shift cabin complete with kitchen and lounge. And the camp is well stocked with a guitar, foosball table and yes, chickens!
Workers are asking that supporters call in complaints to the City of Halifax and Halifax Water to complain about the stink of sewage downtown!
You know what stinks? Union busting!
City of Halifax:
Within the city: 311
Within Nova Scotia but outside Halifax: 1 (800) 835-6428
Outside Nova Scotia: (902) 490-4000
Carl Yates, General Manager of Halifax Water:
Cell: (902) 441 0985
And Halifax Mayor Mike Savage:
Phone: (902) 490-4010