PORT ARTHUR HEALTH CENTRE WORKERS READY TO STRIKE

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Port Arthur Health Centre employees could be striking as early as Monday at 8:30am.

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Unifor Local 229 announced today that a strike notice had been issued for Monday at 8:30am.Β The union claims that zero progress has been made on issues like insufficient compensation or precarious work.

In a statement, Unifor Local 229 President Kari Jefford saidΒ β€œThe employees’ wages are so low that close to 65 per cent of them will see an increase in wages when the minimum wage goes up next year,”

In an effort to keep patients informed about the potential for a strike, the announcement was made.

β€œIn consulting with our members, we wanted to give some advance notice to the patients of the clinic that there will be a strike on Monday, so they can plan accordingly,” Jefford says.

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The last collective agreement for the workers expired on Dec 31, 2017. A vote was held earlier this year, in which workers voted in a landslide for a strike mandate.

Officials with the union say there are no scheduled talks to attempt to resolve the issues.

With files from Matt Vis/tbnewswatch

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