Northside Homemakers vote to strike

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NORTH SYDNEY — Members of NSGEU  local 83, home support staff who work at Northside Homemakers, have voted 100 per cent to reject the employer’s offer.

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The vote took place on Sunday.

“The bargaining committee could not recommend an agreement that did not contain parity with other workers who do the same job and share the same qualifications but work in a hospital setting,” said Joan Jessome, president of the Nova Scotia Government and General Employees Union in a press release. “They certainly deserve the same hourly wage their counterparts receive.”

Local 83 is one of 14 home support locals represented by the NSGEU that are currently in negotiations and the sixth local to reject the employer’s offer coming out of conciliation because it did not contain parity.

The members voted 100 per cent in favour of a strike to back demands.

The conciliator will be filing a report on Feb. 26 which will trigger a 14-day countdown to when a legal strike can begin.

There are approximately 57 members of local 83 who provide home support services in the North Sydney area.

The NSGEU represents more than 30,000 women and men.

Organizations: Nova Scotia Government, General Employees Union

Geographic location: North Sydney

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