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Christopher Gooding
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Campaign calls for end to corporate tax cuts

Kelly Murphy and the Fairness Express are promoting fair taxation and getting rid of corporate tax cuts, saying the practice is lining the pockets of CEOs instead of creating jobs while the workforce is living paycheque-to-paycheque.

SPRINGHILL – Supported by the Nova Scotia Government and General Employees Union [NSGEU], the Fairness Express made stops in Newfoundland and Prince Edward Island before coming to Nova Scotia, where Springhill was its Wednesday tour stop.

Just a week before, the leadership of the province was changed over from the NDP to the Liberals during a general election but regardless of which government is in power, NSGEU 2nd Vice President Kelly Murphy said its time for change and create more income equality.

“The rich keep getting richer, the poorer keep getting poorer. People are living paycheque-to-paycheque and it doesn’t have to be that way,” Murphy says.

Improving the province’s manufacturing sectors, Murphy said, would create more jobs and new income, putting more money into the economy. On another hand, how governments treat large corporations over the common person also needs to change.

“There’s the issue of the corporate tax cuts that are happening,” Murphy said. “We’re certainly taxed our fair share and we’re trying to tell people we’re okay with what we’re being taxed. It pays for our healthcare. It pays for our roads. But the corporations are given tax cuts with the idea that if we give them more money it will create more jobs in an area or the province, but that’s not happening. They’re going overseas. We’re not asking for [government] to decrease our taxes. We’re asking them to tax us fairly.”

Corporate tax cuts, Murphy said, are not creating the jobs promised. It’s giving more money back to CEOs.

There are proposals on the table to change that. One asks banks to charge themselves a little bit for what they charge customers a lot to do.

“There’s a ‘Robin Hood’ tax, the European Unions are looking at and something we would like to see here,” Murphy said. “It’s a .05 per cent a tax on the transactions bank make to trade stocks and bonds. It’s a very miniscule tax one those big transactions and could create $650 billion worldwide in tax revenue. A lot of the recession was banks trading stocks and bonds, so whether it would detract people from unnecessary trades I’m not sure, but it would bring in a lot of tax revenue that would benefit everyone whether you’re a union member or not.” 

The labour movement isn’t without its detractors, Murphy admits. Promoting the movements success stories, Murphy said it serves to remind people how the current labour market came to be and enforces their challenge for government to bridge income inequality.”

“There’s a huge attack on unions and labour rights. Governments say that unions aren’t relevant anymore,” Murphy said. “Labour rights affect everybody, whether you’re a member or not.

The 40-hour workweek, maternity leave and occupational health and safety are a few of the common-workplace standards that were labour-driven, Murphy said.

“Major things that workers have as rights are things unions fought for,” Murphy said.

To learn more about the Fairness Express, visit http://alltogethernow.nupge.ca/fairness-express.


Email: christopher.gooding@tc.tc

Twitter: ADNchris

Organizations: Nova Scotia Government, General Employees Union, NSGEU NDP European Unions

Geographic location: Newfoundland, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia

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