Canada Employment and Immigration Union -
March 26, 2010

Members march with Sydney community over job cuts

CEIU members were joined by community supporters in a March 25 rally in Sydney, Nova Scotia over the loss of 147 jobs at the CIC case processing centre. Among the supporters were the mayor and members of the town council.

According to Sydney Local President Wilf Mackinnon, more than 200 joined the noon-hour rally to protest the loss of jobs in community. The loss of 147 jobs will further damage the Cape Breton economy that already struggles with an unemployment rate of over 15%.

The job losses are part of an on-going story of underfunding at the Sydney case processing centre. The results have been clear: staff shortages have increased production pressures on members and backlogs have meant poor service to Canadians and those seeking to become Canadians. Letters to the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration have been written by Local President Wilf Mackinnon and National President Jeannette Meunier-McKay, with both calling for an end to the chronic underfunding of the Sydney operation. The union has also written to the Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration asking to appear before it to explain the impact of the job cuts.

“When many levels of the union work together, we have a real impact” said National President Jeannette Meunier-McKay, “and I want to thank our local members and PSAC regional staff for their outstanding work in Sydney. There is more work ahead, but we’re off to a very good start.”


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