Union activists held a walking protest in Grand Falls-Windsor Monday against federal government cuts to employment insurance.


CUPE provincial president Wayne Lucas says EI changes are forcing people to move away from Newfoundland and Labrador. (CBC)

Delegates to a Canadian Union of Public Employees meeting walked a two-kilometre route that brought them to the Service Canada building in Grand Falls-Windsor.

Wayne Lucas, president of CUPE in Newfoundland and Labrador, said workers are furious with the Harper government because of EI changes that force frequent users to commute up to 100 kilometres to accept work, as well as being required to accept low-paying jobs.

"We want them to scrap the changes," Lucas told reporters.

"They're punishing the unemployed by cutting unemployment insurance. They're not the ones that caused the economic downturn. What they're doing basically, they're driving Newfoundlanders out of the province."

The CUPE convention continues through Wednesday in Grand Falls-Windsor.