Officials with CUPE, which represents around 4,100 nursing home employees in this province, are lashing out at the provincial government over their move to block a strike.
On Thursday, workers at 46 nursing homes, overwhelmingly voted to strike and the union gave their 24 hour notice on Friday of their intent to walk out.
But on Saturday, the province announced that it had received a 10 day stay from the Court of Queen’s Bench of a labour board ruling that had originally allowed the workers to strike.
The stay covers 45 of 46 homes, including those here in Miramichi as well as Boiestown, Neguac, Tabusintac and Rogersville.
Union officials say the are outraged by the province’s move calling it heavy handed and sneaky.
They also say lawyers for the union were not notified about the court proceedings and were not able to take part in it.
Negotiations between the two sides is expected to resume this morning.