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BADDECK, NS – Another group of home support workers in Cape Breton has voted in favour of strike if they don’t get a fair contract this year.

The 30 members of CUPE Local 4354 have voted 100% in favour of job action.

CUPE National Representative Kathy MacLeod says, “The main issues in this dispute are, first and foremost, guaranteed hours of work, followed by wages and travel allowances as they relate to the increased price of gas.”

Says MacLeod, “As is the case throughout this sector, and because of the way home support workers are currently scheduled for work, it can take an employee 16 hours of a day to receive seven hours pay. These workers are no longer prepared to sacrifice their entire day and evening to get one day’s pay.”

CUPE represents home support workers in several agencies across the province. While there is a settlement in one of the agencies, New Waterford, the union anticipates there will be strike mandates from every one of these groups in this round of bargaining.

For information:

Kathy MacLeod
CUPE National Rep.
(902) 539-4933 (o)

John McCracken
CUPE Communications Rep.
(902) 455-4180 (o)