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.
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
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.
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.