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Strike postponed after province announces higher wages for residental support workers

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Unionized staff at Assisted Community Living Selkirk have postponed a strike that was planned for Friday.

CUPE Local 3085 said Thursday in a press release that the province has agreed to new funding to ensure workers who support people with intellectual and developmental disabilities are better paid.

CUPE members voted 94 per cent in favour of the strike and held information pickets in Selkirk on July 15 and 22, and demonstrated outside Family Services Minister Kerri Irvin-Ross's office on July 25.

The provincial government announced Thursday it will be investing $6 million over the next three years to increase the wages of support workers who offer residential services for adults with intellectual disabilities.

Irvin-Ross made the announcement, saying the funding will raise the started wages of those who work in residential agencies to $13 and $14 an hour by 2017. Each year the raises will rise slightly, until 2017. The process will start this year, Irvin-Ross added in the release.

The money will be put into a wage enhancement fund, which will be created by a committee of agencies, unions and government representatives, the release stated.

A similar fund already exists in Manitoba for early learning and child care.

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Updated on Thursday, August 7, 2014 at 5:28 PM CDT: Fixes typo

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