Aug. 26, 2008
FREDERICTON (CNB) - The following statement was issued today by Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour Minister Ed Doherty, in recognition of Labour Day, Sept. 1:
It is my privilege to pay tribute to the valuable contribution New Brunswickers make to the economic and social well-being of our province. Labour Day is also a fitting opportunity to pay tribute to those whose past efforts helped shape today's workplace.
Each year on Labour Day, Canadians all across the country take a deserved break from everyday routines. It is an occasion for us to remember the importance and dignity of work, and to restate our commitment to health and safety in the workplace.
The Government of New Brunswick has demonstrated its commitment to facilitating productive labour relations, along with a fair, safe, healthy, stable, co-operative and productive work environment. Both employers and employees share a common interest in being part of a strong workforce so that New Brunswick will be self-sufficient. They want to build a better future for themselves, their families and our communities.
This province has made significant progress in the advancement of the rights and well-being of our workers through education and prevention. We are extremely proud of our accomplishments, and we will continue to equip employees and employers with the skills they need to respond to emerging trends in the workplace, and to adapt to the ever-changing nature of the economy.
As a government, we recognize the importance of balancing work and life commitments, and as our Charter for Change states, we will continue to support our workers. In 2008, we have once again increased the minimum wage, and we received the independent review on New Brunswick's workplace health, safety and compensation system. These are just a few of the ways we are working to help New Brunswickers be successful in this place.
I also salute the many dedicated volunteers who are making a difference in our province. While today's New Brunswick has been formed by its history, culture and tireless work ethic, our unwavering values of fairness and generosity have helped create better and safer workplaces that serve as a model to others.
Labour Day marks the last holiday of the summer. As we prepare to celebrate, I wish all New Brunswickers a safe, enjoyable Labour Day weekend, and encourage them to take a few moments to consider how we all can continue to work together for the betterment of our beautiful province.
MEDIA CONTACT: Elaine Bell, Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour, 506-453-2568.