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HALIFAX - With double digit growth anticipated for the cruise ship industry, ports in the Maritimes need to assess the economic, environmental and social impacts of cruise ships, according to a report released today by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.
Should health care professionals and support staff have the right to strike? Why have more than 200,000 of them walked off the job for varying periods since 1999--whether they had the legal right to do so or not? These questions--and other issues involving labour conflict in Canada's health care system--are addressed in a new detailed study by Judy and Larry Haiven being released today by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.
Halifax: According to a publication released today by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives - Nova Scotia (CCPA-NS), the Nova Scotia real minimum wage has decreased by more than $2.00 over the past 25 years. The study, Undermining Wages in Nova Scotia: The Minimum Wage from 1976 - 2002, finds that the current minimum wage buys almost 30% less than it did in 1976 and this has contributed to the number of "working poor" in Nova Scotia.
Halifax: A paper released today by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives--Nova Scotia concludes that the Cape Breton Community Employment and Innovation Project (CBCEIP), is less innovative than its title suggests and is an "experiment" unsuited for Cape Breton. According to the author of "Discovering the Cape Breton Experiment," the project provides no formal training opportunities and, more importantly, no sustainable jobs.
(Vancouver) Privatization has eliminated 30 years of pay equity gains and has put BC at the bottom of the barrel nationally when it comes to wages and benefits for women working in health support occupations.