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Manitoba nurses vote in favour of strike mandate

By: Brayden Hnatiuk
Posted: June 10, 2021 14:23

Results show 11,954 votes were cast with a total of 98 per cent in favour

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Nurses in Manitoba, who have been without a contract for the last four years, have voted in favour of a strike Mandate.

Manitoba Nurses Union President, Darlene Jackson, says they're proud of their members, they really have sent a strong message with this strike mandate, "We were painted into a corner by this government, and we were left with no choice but to act." 

Despite meeting more than 30 times since October of 2020, the Employers' side has displayed an unwillingness to provide solutions and accept proposals on what has become the most substantial issue facing nurses today and for the future: the recruitment and retention of nurses. The COVID-19 pandemic has made worse what was already bad.

Since a last contract was in place, cost of living in Manitoba (CPI) has risen 7.9%. Nurses in the province also receive the lowest evening and weekend premiums from Quebec west.

"We will now be discussing next steps with our Provincial Collective Bargaining Committee," added Jackson. "Our commitment, as always, is to our patients and Manitobans can be assured that we will not be disrupting patient care."

Close to 12,000 votes were cast across Manitoba with a total of 98 per cent in favour of the strike mandate.

The turnout was higher than any in MNU's history. MNU represents more than 12,000 nurses of all designations from across Manitoba.

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