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CSU seeks further union bargaining in Canada

Workers from the CSU have voted overwhelmingly in favour of strike action.

05 August 2011

Union bargaining may be required in Canada after 87 per cent of a body's members voted in favour of going on strike.

The Canadian Staff Union (CSU), which is a part of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), decided to ballot people after contract talks stalled.

CSU president Peter Paulekat noted the ringing endorsement by the group shows that both the workers and the organisation have to be taken seriously.

"It is time for them to ... recognise that their bargaining tactics thus far have, if anything, made us more united and resolute," he added.

Further strike negotiations will have to take place if a resolution is to be reached, as failure to do so could see widespread demonstrations.

Mr Paulekat observed those in the CSU are not willing to sacrifice provisions that they have worked hard to secure.

CUPE represents over 600,000 workers across a range of sectors in Canada, including health care, education and municipalities.

Posted by Ron Maverick

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