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Members of CUPE Local 1418, a province-wide local representing social services workers in New Brunswick, are starting to doubt the sincerity of the provinces offer to discuss issues that are important during a round of regional visits.

I asked the deputy minister three times if he could tell me when this government is going to hire the 172 social workers that are needed to protect the children of New Brunswick, says Anne Hogan, a child protection worker from Moncton, but I never got an answer.

CUPE members are reminding the province of its promise to hire 172 social workers recommended by the government-sponsored Children Come First! report.

We need to tell them were moving toward a strike if they continue to ignore negotiations and unresolved issues of overwork, says Rachelle Miousse, a social worker in Bathurst.

Well use the rest of the regional visits to get some answers, says local president Robert LeMoignan. Children at risk cant keep waiting for the attention they deserve from this government.