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Striking health centre workers present offer to end strike

Workers say they've also reached out to in an attempt to create a picket protocol.
Jerry Dias
Unifor national president Jerry Dias is joined by Unifor members at a rally outside the Port Arthur Health Centre on Wednesday, August 8, 2018. (Matt Vis,

THUNDER BAY – With tensions mounting on the picket line, striking workers at the Port Arthur Health Centre say they’ve made an offer to end the labour dispute, now in its 124th day.

"This offer is fair to both sides, and more importantly would pave the way to quickly reopen the health centre so patients can get the health care they need," said Unifor national president Jerry Dias, in a release issued just before midnight on Thursday.

"All we need now is for the doctors to return the table and negotiate a final agreement."

Dias said the potential deal benefits both the 65 striking workers as well as the clinic’s doctors, their employers.

The strike took an ugly turn this week, when union members erected a fence around entrances to the north-side facility, denying patients access to the centre. Dias said the union has reached out to the employer to discuss picket protocol, which a judge on Wednesday ordered when an interim order was put in place under court order.

Details of the offer were not made public.

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