Striking Canadian Blood Services workers get some mainland support

Brian McInnis
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Striking Canadian Blood Service workers and their supporters rally in front of the cenotaph Saturday.

Nova Scotia union travels to Charlottetown for rally

Striking Canadian Blood Services workers held a rally at the cenotaph in Charlottetown Saturday and had the support of 35 members of the Nova Scotia Union of Public and Private Employees who travelled to the Island to lend a hand.

There were also members of the Canadian Union of Public Employees and donors, who know the striking local employees through donating blood, at the rally. Local 19 of NSUPE, which represents the strikers, have eight members and six were at the rally.

The blood services employees, who are all part-time workers, have been walking the picket line for almost five months. Talks broke off in December and there is no indication when they will resume.

The strikers say they want guaranteed minimum hours and the benefits that go with them.

As the strikers and their supporters stood in the snow in front of the cenotaph, they waved placards and shouted slogans. Many passing motorists honked their horns, which brought loud cheers.

In an earlier interview with The Guardian, striker Leanne Voutour said, “we wouldn’t have stood out here for 136 days if we didn’t love our jobs. We love working here. This is where we want to be and we’re fighting to get what we think we deserve.”


Organizations: Canadian Blood Services, Nova Scotia Union of Public and Private Employees, Canadian Union of Public Employees

Geographic location: Charlottetown, Nova Scotia, Iceland

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Recent comments

  • Daniel Boudreau
    January 31, 2016 - 22:35

    Why aren't they picketing their outdated rules and regulations toward the LGBT community? I'd love to donate, but I guess my gay blood isn't good enough to save anyone...However when something affects employees of CBS the picket signs come right out...Interesting how things work...

  • Fed up
    January 31, 2016 - 09:44

    These people studied for 3-4 years to learn their skill. PEI should be respecting these workers with full time hours. Full time pay. Full Benefits!! Too many of the ones in charge have big salaries, big pensions in the future, full benefits. Make them work at these jobs....half time, uncertain hours and pay. I can bet they pass by these people on strike daily and don't even glance at them. THEY DON'T CARE!!