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FREDERICTON – The negotiations between the Home Support Workers, CUPE Local 4598, and the Red Cross broke off after one day at the negotiating table.

We went back to the table hoping the Government was ready to invest some money in the home support care of this province but it doesn’t seem to be the case,” said Louise Thibodeau, CUPE Representative.

“We want better salaries and benefits for the home support workers. The wage scale varies from $7.40 to $8.29 an hour for a home support worker with 10 years experience. This is almost below the poverty line wages.”

“Every day the Home Support Workers provide valuable services to the seniors and New Brunswickers who need help. This is an important part of our heath care services.”

It is up to the Lord Government to end this strike by investing more money in this service. The Government had no problem giving more than $5 million of our tax money to Molson Brewery to build a beer plant in Moncton or to pass a special Legislation giving the Irvings a special tax deal worth $100 million dollars in St. John.’’

Our seniors deserve better,” concluded Louise Thibodeau.

CUPE Local 4598 represents 300 Home Support Workers in Richibucto, Miramichi, Acadian Peninsula, Bathurst, Campbellton, Edmundston and Grand Falls. The Home Support Workers have been on strike since August 18, 2005.

For more information:

Louise Thibodeau
CUPE representative
(506) 545-5739