Pictou County VON home support staff as well as three other NSGEU Locals could soon strike.
Members of the Pictou County Local 85 voted 100 per cent in favour of rejecting an employer‚Äôs offer at an emergency meeting last night.
Members of VON in Kings/Annapolis Counties (Local 31), the Tri-County (Local 40) and Colchester & East Hants Counties (Local 35) also voted against it.
‚Äé‚ÄúThe members are sending a strong message to the employer that it is time they had parity with other workers who do the same job and share the same qualifications but work in a hospital setting,‚ÄĚ says Joan Jessome, President of the Nova Scotia Government and General Employees Union. ‚ÄúThey certainly deserve the same hourly wage their counterparts receive.‚ÄĚ
Talks with the VON, which had entered the conciliation process, broke down on Monday afternoon.
The results of the votes are:
Local 31, VON, Kings/Annapolis County, voted 97% in favour of rejection;
Local 40, Home Support, VON Tri-County, voted 97% in favour of rejection;
Local 35, VON Colchester & East Hants Counties, voted 99% in favour of rejection;
Local 85, VON Pictou County, voted 100% in favour of rejection.
The conciliator will be filing his report on Feb. 17, which will trigger a 14-day countdown to a strike. The countdown would begin on Tuesday, Feb. 18.
There are approximately 240 members of NSGEU Local 31 (VON Kings-Annapolis County); 38 members of Local 40 (Home Support, VON Tri-County); 295 members of Local 35 (VON Colchester & East Hants); and 100 members of Local 85 (VON Pictou).