Workers walkout for pay equity
About 30 members of the Manitoba Government and General Employees' Union (MGEU) who work at the Nisichawayasihk personal care home in Nelson House, Man., are now on strike.
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. The strike began after the employer failed to meet the request of the bargaining committee, according to the union.
“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?” said Michelle Gawronsky, MGEU president.
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, said the union.