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(Sydney) Another group of Nova Scotia nursing home workers has voted 100% in favour of strike action if a negotiated settlement is not reached.

The members of CUPE Local 2765 at Maple Hill Manor held their strike vote last night and unanimously rejected the governments latest offer.

CUPE National Representative Kathy MacLeod says, This group of nursing home workers has said loud and clear that they are not prepared to accept the governments offer of a 6% wage increase over four years, especially with zero percent in the first year.

Says MacLeod, The work of nursing home employees in this province is just as important and valuable as any other health care worker. Why this government would expect these modestly paid workers to take zero percent in the first year of a new contract is quite beyond me.

Strike votes for some 3,000 Nova Scotia nursing home workers continue this week and next.

For information:
Kathy MacLeod, CUPE National Rep. - 539-4933 (o)
John McCracken, CUPE Communications Representative - 455-4180 (o)