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Public Service Alliance of Canada BC says Conservatives cutting 1,200 positions in BC

VANCOUVER– A new poll shows strong opposition to federal government actions in BC, including the closure of Kitsilano Coast Guard Station, cuts to food inspection, fisheries protection and parks staffing, says the Public Service Alliance of Canada – BC.

VANCOUVER – A group of protesters began a 24-hour sit-in protest at the Kitsilano Coast Guard Station at 5 p.m. Friday after the federal government ignored a report saying lives would be lost if the station is closed as planned.

The protestors arrived by boat at the Kitsilano Coast Guard Station dock and will peacefully remain there for 24 hours to draw public attention to the enormous danger closing the Station would have, leaving all rescues in Vancouver harbour to the Sea Island Station in Richmond, 17 nautical miles and 35 minutes away.

Along with local labour groups and politicians, members of the Public Service Alliance of Canada, Canada’s largest federal public sector union, will rally and speak out against federal government cuts at family-friendly events in Grandview Park in Vancouver and Bear Creek Park in Surrey.

As part of a National Day of Action, held across the country, members of PSAC will be talking to the public about the impact federal cuts have on services Canadians rely on.

Along with local labour groups and politicians, members of the Public Service Alliance of Canada, Canada’s largest federal public sector union, will rally and speak out against federal government cuts at a family-friendly event in Central Park, Victoria.

As part of a National Day of Action, held across the country, members of PSAC will be talking to the public about the impact federal cuts have on services Canadians rely on.

VICTORIANegotiations between the Public Service Alliance of Canada, bargaining agent for workers at VictoriaAirport, and the Airport Authority have broken off.

“The employer has made it clear in no uncertain terms that they want to create a second class employee at the workplace”, says Bob Jackson, PSAC Regional Executive Vice-President for BC. “We have been forced to seek the assistance of a Federal Conciliation Officer in an attempt to achieve a negotiated settlement.” 

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