Legislation tightening labor laws for nursing home workers introduced in New Brunswick, Canada
Canadian ministers say the legislation is imperative to protect the well-being of the territory's seniors in the event of a nursing home strike, according to the Canadian Press. Spokesmen for the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), however, say the legislation is heavy-handed and call it an attack on free collective bargaining. Under the proposed law, only a handful of nursing home workers would be allowed to walk off the job in the event of a strike, leaving much of the caregiving force intact.
The bill was introduced as a preemptive measure to quell a potential strike by the CUPE, according to Canadian ministers. The CUPE has been in a dispute with the New Brunswick Nursing Home Association over the last-minute addition of a two-year nursing home worker pay freeze to a recently negotiated four-year labor contract, though CUPE spokesmen say there has been no talk of a strike, the Canadian Press reported.