Union to march in support of striking workers in Charlottetown

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Part-time staff at Canadian Blood Services in Charlottetown are walking the picket line in a dispute over the number of hours they work each week. The workers want a guaranteed minimum and say they have been working without a contract since 2011. As of Friday afternoon, there was no progress reported between the two sides.

The P.E.I. Union of Public Sector Employees (UPSE) will be marching in support of striking part-time workers at Canadian Blood Services in Charlottetown.

The march will take place outside the clinic at 85 Fitzroy Street on Monday at 9:30 a.m.

UPSE has invited the Federation of Labour and affiliates to join them.

"These workers are not getting strike pay so a collection will be taken up on their behalf,'' a news release issued by UPSE said on Friday.

Eleven part-time staff walked off the job recently, asking for more guaranteed hours. The organization had no update when contacted on Friday.

Approximately 100 donation appointments were expected to be missed over the past week.

Organizations: UPSE, P.E.I. Union of Public Sector Employees, Canadian Blood Services Federation of Labour

Geographic location: Charlottetown, 85 Fitzroy Street

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  • Jacob Young
    October 01, 2015 - 11:13

    If they're part time, they obviously must realize there will be fluctuations in hours, it's garunteed at any if not all jobs that's why it's called part time (also part time means they can limit your hours based on performance in the their field) besides the point, I see no information that compels me to support their cause. Easy solution: want more hours simple as asking for a full time position. Furthermore if there really is a problem with the industry I'm sure they would have went into great detail, but from what I see is just pointless standing around joking and carrying on with the other picketers isn't getting anything done.

  • Resident
    September 12, 2015 - 11:10

    UPSE should give blood instead of marching, so these PT employees have work to do. Another option to increase work hours is to lay off some of the PT staff. This way the other half will have more work.