March 20, 2019
Green Caucus Wants Nursing Home Worker’s Dispute to Go to Binding Arbitration
Fredericton – Green Party leader David Coon and his caucus are calling on Premier Blaine Higgs to resolve the government’s dispute with nursing home workers by sending it to binding arbitration.
“Our Industrial Relations Act provides a way out of the current impasse through binding arbitration. Everybody will win. Nursing home residents win. Nursing home workers win. And the government wins,” said Coon.
Coon and his caucus colleagues say binding arbitration will get the dispute out of the courts, end the impasse at the negotiating table, and avoid a strike.
Nursing home workers are overwhelmingly women, who earn on average between $25,000 and $30,000 a year.
MLA Megan Mitton for Memramcook-Tantramar says “At this point, binding arbitration is the fairest way to proceed. It means that an impartial arbitrator, will be able to look at the wages and working conditions to allow the best outcome for all involved.”
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