"Health care aides in Thompson, and throughout the province, make $4 more per hour than these members, but they all have the same level of training. How does that make sense?” — Michelle Gawronsky, MGEU President
Winnipeg (29 Nov. 2016) — About 30 members of the Manitoba Government and General Employees' Union (MGEU/NUPGE) who work at the Nisichawayasihk Personal Care Home (PCH) in Nelson House are now on strike. The strike began after the employer failed to meet the request of the bargaining committee.
Workers strike for pay equity
At issue is the fact that these members are paid 27 per cent less than others doing the same work in other areas of Manitoba.
“For example, health care aides in Thompson, and throughout the province, make $4 more per hour than these members, but they all have the same level of training. How does that make sense?” questioned Michelle Gawronsky, MGEU President.
Workers should be paid fairly for crucial work
“Along with other workers at this facility, they provide around-the-clock care to elders in their community, and we are asking that they be paid fairly for the important care they deliver," Gawronsky said.
In 2015, nurses working at this personal care home went on strike for the same wage parity issue. They were successful in getting equal pay.
The National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) is one of Canada's largest labour organizations with over 370,000 members. Our mission is to improve the lives of working families and to build a stronger Canada by ensuring our common wealth is used for the common good. NUPGE