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Fredericton threatens union members who want to go on illegal strike

The Higgs government threatens employees covered by Bill 17 with reprisals if they engage in an illegal strike.

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The government says members of the Canadian Union of Public Employees could lose their jobs if they participate in an illegal strike.

In a letter sent to education support workers, the government says participating in an illegal strike may result in loss of employment.

It is specified that an employee would be in an illegal strike situation if he decides to leave work, if he refuses to work, if he refuses to cross a strike picket, if he slows down work, if he a work-to-rule strike while working according to the rules, if he takes sick leave in an unusual manner or if he refuses to perform his usual duties.

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Recently, union members burned copies of the collective agreement between CUPE and the government in front of the Legislative Assembly in Fredericton.

According to the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), the letter sent to employees adds fuel to the fire and only inflames a situation already extremely tense since the government's surprise announcement to impose, through Bill 17, a shared-risk pension plan on union members.

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Simon Ouellette, communications manager at the Canadian Union of Public Employees

It's not a way to have harmonious relations with your staff, especially when they are overworked, especially when negotiations are barred everywhere, and especially when you threaten to break their collective agreement by law, deplores Simon Ouellette, spokesperson. word from CUPE-NB.

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According to him, the work-to-rule strike, a practice which consists of applying to the letter the provisions of a collective agreement, has nothing to do with a strike strictly speaking and is not illegal.< /p>

Not doing extra work, that is to say, if it's your lunch hour, well it's your lunch hour , if it's your break, you take your break, that's really what the work-to-rule strike is all about

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The leader of the Party Liberal, Susan Holt, denounces the threat of sanctions communicated by the government to CUPE employees.

Liberal leader Susan Holt also deplores the government's initiative.

It's a tool that is not illegal to use work-to-rule strategy. So to suggest to members that it's illegal to do that, that they might lose their jobs, that worries me a lot, she said.

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David Coon, leader of the Green Party, believes that the government wants to scare employees so that they do not undertake any pressure tactics.

It's incredible to establish an atmosphere of fear between workers in public services, adds Green Party leader David Coon.

On Friday, Prime Minister Blaine Higgs admitted that he was not absolutely certain that a work-to-rule strike was truly illegal.

We would ask for an interpretation of that, if this action occurs, he said.

Moreover, his government abruptly ended the debate on Bill 17 on Friday , by passing a motion. There were at least two hours of debate left on the schedule.

Work will resume next Tuesday. Bill 17 is then expected to pass second reading. Royal assent should be given on Wednesday.

With information from Alix Villeneuve.

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