If they outlaw striking to prevent pay raises then they will lose half their nurses, and then be able to cut the healthcare budget and blame nurses for the decline in care quality.
I'm kidding, but actually it would be right in character. Our provincial premier is a doc, I actually worked with him as a nursing student and expected more of him.
Just checked the newspaper; union leaders in Nova Scotia are gathering to plan a rally supporting the nurses and to express their outrage at the new bill to outlaw the strike. So far six unions are involved, and their members are calling in wanting to support nurses in some way, knowing that if nurses lose the right to strike they could be next.
I am so pleased that the nurses are getting so much support from other unions and the public. They are determined, and it helps to have backup.
[ June 18, 2001: Message edited by: canoehead ]