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(Sydney) Residential rehabilitation workers at Resicare in Sydney have voted overwhelmingly to go on strike. Issues in dispute include wages, pensions, health benefits and job security.

Weve had five very frustrating meetings with this employer since March and we still havent gotten anywhere on issues our members see as very important, says CUPE National Representative Kathy MacLeod. Unless Resicare begins soon to recognize the value of these workers, we are in for a big problem.

The 100 members of CUPE Local 3008 voted last week to go on strike if negotiations are unsuccessful. The parties have referred the outstanding issues to conciliation that is scheduled for August. If this proves unsuccessful, the workers will be in a legal strike position 14 days after the conciliator files their report.

MacLeod says, None of these workers want to leave their residents, but if this employer doesnt start paying attention to how important the work they do is, they feel they will have no choice.

For information:
Kathy MacLeod, CUPE National Representative - (902) 539-4933 (o) - (902) 578-3304 (cell)

Robert Chisholm, CUPE Research Representative - (902) 478-4484 (cell)