Concern over the struggling economy was among the issues raised during last week’s CUPE Nova Scotia convention in Yarmouth, where a resolution was passed calling for an economic action plan.
Paul Moist (right) national president of the Canadian Union of Public Employees, chats with John Deveau, president of CUPE Local 835, and Carol Deveau, Local 835 treasurer, during a break in the CUPE Nova Scotia convention last week in Yarmouth. Eric Bourque photo
Submitted by CUPE Local 835, which covers the tri-counties, the resolution says, “CUPE Nova Scotia will lobby the provincial government to work with municipal councils and the business community in southwestern Nova Scotia to develop and implement an economic plan of action that will ensure that future generations of young people can and will have the opportunity to have meaningful employment in their communities.”
The resolution adds, “Yarmouth and surrounding area is in desperate need of economic development.”
Citing the downturn in the fishing industry and the loss of transportation services, including the ferry, the resolution says young people are leaving the Yarmouth area and the local population is decreasing.