Women fleeing violence threatened further by shelter operators’ decision to force lockout/strike deadline
Maison d’amitié, which operates the only two francophone shelters in Ottawa, is putting vulnerable women and children at risk by imposing a three-week deadline to reach a deal with its unionized employees, say frontline workers at the Ottawa refuge.
Frontline workers at Maison d’amitié – which employs an entirely female workforce to counsel and assist other French-speaking women who are fleeing violent and abusive situations – expressed shock and dismay at their employer’s demand for a “no-board report” from the Ministry of Labour. This report starts the clock ticking towards a strike or lockout that could begin as early as November 20.
“This is a hugely irresponsible move on the part of Maison d’amitié,” charged Jacynthe Barbeau, a national representative with the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), which represents workers at the agency.