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CUPE reps meet with province

The Canadian Union of Public Employees met with Finance Minister GrahamSteele yesterday to lobby for changes to the Canada Pension Plan.

The Canadian Union of Public Employees met with Finance Minister Graham Steele yesterday to lobby for changes to the Canada Pension Plan.

CUPE is pushing for considerable changes to the CPP, including a phased doubling of the replacement rate from 25 per cent to 50 per cent, and a gradual increase in mandatory employer/employee contributions to pay for it.

CUPE Nova Scotia President Dan Cavanagh said the meeting was productive.

“We just wanted to again reinforce ... our position and that of labour,” he said.

Steele said he expects the CPP to come up when the provincial finance ministers meet with federal Finance Minister Jim Flaherty in December.

“All the provinces and territories and the federal government are working together at the staff level, but we don’t have anything concrete on the table just yet,” said Steele.

“Changes to the Canada Pension Plan have to be very, very carefully considered. So by its nature it tends to move slowly.”

 
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