Potential Strike Will Impact Some Public Health Services

Written by Communications, November 20, 2018

Visit www.peterboroughpublichealth.ca for updates on November 27

Peterborough Public Health (PPH) would like to advise residents that a potential strike could impact operations at 185 King St. and in the community as early as November 28.

The Board of Health continues its efforts to negotiate a fair collective agreement with its Registered Nurses however, if a new contract cannot be reached, these employees will be in a lawful strike position as of Wednesday, November 28 at 12:01 a.m.

Contingency plans are in place, which are designed to ensure the continuity of essential public health services in the event of a strike. If this happens, PPH will remain open between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. from Monday to Friday, however, several services and programs will be affected. Residents are advised that an inclusive, up-to-date list of affected services will be available online at www.peterboroughpublichealth.ca if there is a labour disruption. It is also recommended that residents follow PPH on social media @PtboHealth for ongoing updates.

Individuals who continue to access public health services are reminded that there could be picket lines including at our location at 185 King St.  Please keep the following tips in mind, as your safety is very important to us:

  • Be prepared for larger crowds.
  • Be patient and courteous; try to keep the conversation to a minimum.
  • Arrive early; allow for extra time since delays are likely.
  • Inappropriate behaviour, by either side, is not acceptable (and possibly illegal). Security services will be on hand to assist if necessary.

The Board of Health and Ontario Nurses Association (ONA) have agreed to a mediation meeting on November 26, 2018 in an effort to reach a settlement and avoid a labour disruption.

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For further information, please contact:

Brittany Cadence
Communications Manager
705-743-1000, ext. 391