VON workers to hold strike vote Tuesday in Colchester and East Hants

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TRURO – Victorian Order of Nurses home support workers in Colchester and East Hants will decide Tuesday whether to go on strike in the coming weeks.

The vote, to be held at the VON Robie Street office, will determine whether members of the Nova Scotia Government and General Employees Union Local 35 are willing to walk off the job to back up their bargaining demands as negotiations approach on Feb. 10.

VON workers are looking for wage parity. VON home support workers care for clients in their own residences, allowing seniors and others in need of care the opportunities to stay at home to receive care rather than entering hospitals or care facilities.

However, they are paid less than those who perform the same tasks in hospitals and long-term care establishments.

The vote will be the second for Local 35 on the issue. About 200 of the 300 members already cast their ballots Monday, however, because about 100 employees were unable to attend, a second date was set for them to vote.

Members of Local 40 in Tri-County/Shelburne County voted 92 per cent earlier this month in favour of striking.

Organizations: Nova Scotia Government, General Employees Union Local

Geographic location: Colchester, East Hants, Tri-County Shelburne County

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  • Tammy Archibald
    January 17, 2014 - 22:34

    i work for von..almost 8 years.....i say we vote for a new union....cause the one we got does nothing...

  • Ruth MacDonald
    January 17, 2014 - 19:14

    As one of the Executive for Local 35 of NSGEU, I am concerned that this article has some incorrect information in it. The strike vote will yes, be held on Tuesday, but certainly not at the VON office!! It will be held at the satellite office of NSGEU on Robie St. Ruth MacDonald, C Steward