Fisheries workers anxious about relocation news
Provincial fisheries workers still don't know whether their jobs are being transferred from Halifax to Shelburne.
The government plans to relocate some jobs. The move was announced in last month's speech from the throne, but no details were given.
That worries the 30 people who work at the Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture head office in Halifax, where rumours are floating about a move to Shelburne or Antigonish.
"They are the ones who seem most concerned," said Joan Jessome, president of the Nova Scotia Government and General Employees Union.
"Their emails say, 'My husband works here, our home and kids are here.' They have all that uncertainty."
The government already knows which departments will be affected, how many positions will go, and what it will cost.
Jessome says the government has a moral obligation to share the information it has.
Fisheries Minister Sterling Belliveau won't say whether his department is considering a move to Shelburne — his home district.
"That is something our government is talking about, looking at the option of moving some departments. Right now nothing's been determined," he said last week.
Sherman Embree, warden of the Shelburne District, says municipalities have called for decentralization of the civil service.
He says he doesn't know whether fisheries jobs are moving. But he welcomes them.
"We have a good quality of life, lots of opportunity," Embree told CBC News on Monday. "We see ourselves as a growing rural municipality."
Last month, Premier Darrell Dexter said the positions would go "where it makes more sense for them to be."
The NDP government says it will reveal details this spring.
If an employee's position is relocated, they are offered the job in the new location. If they decline, they are entitled to placement and displacement rights.