Union and community rally to keep Highlands Links Public

INGONISH, NS – Union leaders and a local Member of Parliament will join members of the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) and the community of Ingonish on Saturday at an event aimed at stopping the privatization of Highlands Links.

Parks Canada recently issued an RFP that seeks to put the management of Highlands Links, a world-famous golf course, into private hands.  Currently, Highlands Links is a public resource that employs 22-full time workers, as well as a number of term and student workers.  The facility provides millions of dollars worth of economic benefits to the surrounding community.

Community members, golf course workers and the unions that represent them are fighting to keep Highlands Links public. Saturday’s event will officially kick off this campaign.  However, work has already begun in the community. Lawn signs have gone up. Flyers and a petition are circulating. And an online action is active at www.ItsOurGame.ca.

Workers at Highlands Links are members of the Union of National Employees (UNE), a component of the Public Service Alliance of Canada, a national union with over 180,000 members. 

WHAT: Community gathering to keep Highlands Links publicWHEN: 12:45pm, Saturday, October 6, 2012

WHERE: Ingonish Fire Hall, Ingonish

WHO: Eddie Kennedy, National Vice-President, UNE
           Mark Eyking, Liberal Member of Parliament
           Jeannie Baldwin, Regional Executive Vice-President, PSAC

Lesley Thompson, Communications Officer, PSAC, 902 471 6201