Grand Falls long-term care workers protest outside local MLA office

Long-term care workers from Grand Falls Manor, CUPE Local 3013, protested outside the office of Victoria-La Vallée MLA Chuck Chiasson on Monday, frustrated after a pending strike was delayed by the province.

Workers across New Brunswick had voted favour of strike action starting to back demands for higher pay and better working conditions, but the government won a 10-day court injunction against any job action by CUPE members at 45 locations.

Contract talks with the association representing nursing homes were expected to resume.

Around two dozen members of CUPE Local 3013 were outside Chiasson's office by mid-afternoon saying there was a need to negotiate to avoid a strike.

The union is accusing the New Brunswick government of working behind the scenes and failing to communicate with the New Brunswick Council of Nursing Home Unions, as well as not addressing the real issue of wage increases.

The York Care Centre in Fredericton is the one nursing home that is allowed to strike. However, in order for them to do so, they would need permission from the Labour Board. CUPE provincial coordinator, Patrick Roy, said this process of approval can take longer than 10 days.

(With files from CTV Atlantic)