The union representing public servants in New Brunswick says some of its members in the health-care sector have been turned away by their employers after the provincial government issued an emergency order forcing striking members back to work.
President of CUPE Local 1252 Norma Robinson says the back-to-work order seems to have caused “chaos” within the health-care system.
She says she’s calling on the government to explain the parameters of the order after some CUPE members tried to go back to work today and were sent home after being told that they were still on strike scheduling.
The provincial government issued an emergency order forcing striking health-care workers to go back on the job as of midnight in an attempt to help stabilize the system that’s been overburdened by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The province says the order covers all workers in CUPE 1252, who work directly in the healthcare system, and workers in CUPE 1190 and CUPE 1251, who work in the health services supply chain and laundry and linen services.
About 22,000 CUPE members, including school bus drivers, educational support staff and workers in health, transportation, corrections and the community college system have been off the job since last Friday.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 6, 2021.
This story was produced with the financial assistance of the Facebook and Canadian Press News Fellowship.
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