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Striking workers hitting financial straits

<p>The six-week long strike is taking a financial toll on off-the-job CUPE members.</p>

Employees haven’t been paid in 6 weeks



Jessica Smith for metro vancouver


Mavis Hnidy, of CUPE 15, and her dog, Bear, take part in a rally at City Hall yesterday.





The six-week long strike is taking a financial toll on off-the-job CUPE members.





“There are almost 5,000 municipal and library workers that haven’t been paid in almost six weeks. People are frustrated,” said Paul Faoro, president of CUPE 15, which represents inside workers.





Mavis Hnidy, of CUPE 15, said, “I’m borrowing money left, right and centre now — my savings are gone. I don’t have my rent for the end of the month now, so it’s really frustrating.”





She works at the Bloedel Conservatory.





Strike pay is $40 a day, up to $200 a week, beginning on the 10th day of the strike, and it is tax free, according to the CUPE Canada website.





In a speech to the rally, CUPE British Columbia president Barry O’Neill said, that he often hears in the media that the strike is inconveniencing “taxpayers, the citizens of Vancouver.”





“You know, we agree with that,” O’Neill said. “I think those people need to understand, as well, people walking picket lines have also been put through a major inconvenience.”


 
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