It’s been 70 days since it first begun – a dispute between two healthcare-related unions over healthcare concessions – and there is no end in sight.
Members of MoveUP – the union that represents the BC Nurse’s Union – voted to take strike action in July saying they didn’t want to accept concessions over sick time, medical appointment time, and family responsibility leave.
“A major healthcare union demanding concessions that are related to health and wellness from their employees is in my opinion a real double standard,” says Janice Ford, a bargaining committee member.
She says that while strikers are committed to continuing their action, it’s hard on them.
“It is, it’s hard emotionally, it’s hard financially, but I will say that we’re strong.”
Ford says the BCNU had offered the same wage increase it won after negotiating a deal with the government in April, but says discussions over wages haven’t been on the table.