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Nurses walk off the job at south Edmonton care centre over wages

EDMONTON — Days after serving strike notice, more than a dozen registered nurses have walked off the job at a south Edmonton care centre.

The union served strike notice last Thursday to the employer, Park Place Seniors Living, of their intention to take action at the Devonshire Care Centre.

The decision to go on strike Monday came after a year and a half of bargaining with the company.

The union said both sides are at odds mainly over wages, and the difference between what staff is paid at Devonshire versus other care facilities.

David Harrigan of the United Nurses of Alberta said the employer also owns Hardisty Care Centre and pays a different wage rate there.

Ian West of Park Place Seniors Living said the agreement with Hardisty came because they’ve already negotiated a number of contracts with that care centre.

West said the affected care facility will work with a skeleton staff for now, and Alberta Health Services officials will be on site to ensure residents are looked after.

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