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(Sydney) – CUPE hospital workers in Cape Breton have given their union a strong strike mandate.

CUPE Acute Care Coordinator Wayne Thomas says, “The members of Local 2431 are our first group of hospital workers to give us a strike mandate.  They’ve given their negotiating committee a strong show of support.”

This is the first of 18 groups of CUPE hospital workers across the province outside the capital district to hold strike votes. 

Last week, CUPE announced there would be no job action in the hospital sector before January 11, 2010 because of the H1N1 pandemic.