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"The conservatives want to force workers to take below cost of living wages"
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October 29, 2021
 

Hey Shift Workers,

22,000 public sector workers in New Brunswick walked off the job today after months of failed negotiations with PC Premier Blaine Higgs for higher wages. Higgs has threatened to use back-to-work legislation to break the strike.

“It’s absurd. The conservatives want to force workers to take below cost of living wages, even if they already are the lowest paid of the lowest paid public service workers in Canada,” said CUPE NB President Stephen Drost. “To top it all, Higgs still expects a major concession!”

CUPE has outlined wage proposals and provided a timeline of the past year's bargaining here.

- Emily

 
 
 
 
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CUPE NB members on strike. Photo via CBC.
 


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Photo via Adrian Wyld / The Canadian Press.
 



 
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