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.