A group of health care workers is providing picketing information this week in advance of a possible strike.
The Manitoba Association of Health Care Professionals represents over 3,000 pharmacists, speech pathologists, social workers and a whole host of technical professionals. They have been without a contract for nearly two years and in the fall voted 88 per cent yes to a strike mandate.
President Bob Moroz believes these professionals aren’t truly appreciated by the public in the way that doctors and nurses are, and they are falling far behind in terms of pay.
“So many of our professionals are literally at the very, very bottom,” Moroz says. “We’re asking the government to take this opportunity to, at least, take some moves to correct that.”
Moroz says there has been some progress recently, but if they can’t hammer out a deal by Sunday workers could go on strike.
“The next three days are going to be absolutely critical in terms of how serious they come back to us with offers and solutions to some of the issues we brought forward at the table.”
Workers will be giving out picketing information outside of hospitals and clinics this week.