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Hospital Employees Union members at a Victoria, B.C., nursing home have voted 100 per cent in favour of striking to reach a first collective agreement with Compass Group.

The union has also filed a complaint at the Labour Relations Board against the multi-billion-dollar British corporation alleging it interfered in and undermined the strike vote by bringing in outside agents to threaten workers with the loss of their jobs.

The 19 food, laundry and housekeeping workers at Beacon Hill Villa have been without a contract for more than 13 months.

Compass Group must stop stalling and live up to its responsibility to negotiate a first contract with its employees, says HEU official Zorica Bosancic.

Compass Group employees at Beacon Hill Villa earn a starting wage of $9.25 about half the hourly wage earned before the work was contracted out in 2003.