The New Brunswick government on Sunday locked out all unnamed 1253 and 2745 CUPE local staff, including guardians, bus drivers, school library assistants and administrative support and a number of teaching assistants.
Schools across the province will transition to online learning starting Monday, and it will remain that way until the end of a strike by Canadian Union of Public Employees members that began Friday.
Education Minister Dominic Cardy said the decision to lock the workers out came because the CUPE has proved “unpredictable” in its strike actions.
Cardy said the lockout of 3,000 employees means schools cannot run personal classes.
Health services affected
Meanwhile, the Horizon Health Network announced in a press release Saturday that it has begun its patient care plan at Dr. Everett Chalmers Regional Hospital in Fredericton; Oromocto Public Hospital; Hotel-Dieu af St. Joseph and Perth; Upper River Valley Hospital in Waterville; and Miramichi Regional Hospital.
Inpatient care and emergency services will not be affected throughout the duration of the CUPE strike.
All elective and day surgeries have been canceled.
Patients should expect delays during the strike and all visitation has been restricted.
COVID-19 assessment and vaccination clinics in Fredericton are closed. The assessment centers in Hartland and at Ropewalk Road are also closed.
The COVID-19 assessment center remains open, but it is expected to experience delays in processing test referrals.
River ferry routes were suspended from Saturday morning due to the strike.
“We understand the importance of the ferry system, especially in rural New Brunswick,” Mark Taylor, a spokesman for the Department of Transportation, told CBC News.
“The strike is [impacting] New Brunswickers ferry services. “
Taylor said ferry routes are “working hard” to get back into operation as soon as possible.