Office of the Premier
CUPE strike impacts services across the province01 November 2021
FREDERICTON (GNB) – The strike by the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) is affecting provincial government services in a variety of sectors, most notably in education and health.
“We are continuing to assess the situation and are working closely with impacted partners and agencies,” said Premier Blaine Higgs. “We are currently exploring options for what action is needed to ensure New Brunswickers stay safe and healthy and have access to essential services as we face the challenges of the fourth wave of the pandemic.”
Services affected by the strike include cleaning, logistics, vaccination clinics and COVID-19 screening; ferry services, the school system, laundry services, correctional services, court stenography services, and adult and child protection services.
“We need to balance competing priorities for the future, which include affordable contracts with bargaining groups, as well as other important priorities of taxpayers,” said Higgs. “We have already demonstrated our commitment to working with CUPE bargaining units to reach a fair and sustainable deal.”
All schools across the province moved to home learning today. Students will continue to learn from home until the strike is over.
In addition to most workers in correctional facilities as well as probation officers, victim services co-ordinators, and some support and maintenance personnel, the CUPE locals involved in the strike today also include court stenographers.
The provincial government has contingency plans in place to allow for the continuation of essential services.
The strike is affecting the delivery of laundry services in hospitals and some nursing homes in the greater Fredericton, Saint John and Moncton areas.
Ongoing ferry service delays are to be expected across the province. Motorists can check for updates regarding any impact to ferry services, by calling 511, checking the NB511 Twitter page or the NB511 website.