June 17, 2014 5:59 pm

Durham daycare staff, paramedics set to strike on Thursday

WHITBY, Ont. – The union representing Durham Region’s 1,600 inside workers says they are in a legal strike position if an agreement is not reached with the region.

CUPE Local 1764 has issued a 48-hour strike notice, which means workers could be off the job at 6 a.m. on Thursday.

The union represents daycare staff, paramedics and social services staff, as well as other workers.

Paramedics are required to keep working but other union members can walk off the job.

The strike would also result in a reduction in the Ontario Works Program, restrictions at the provincial court office, and a closure of all environmental health offices.

Durham Region officials say contingency plans are in place for essential services and updates will be posted on its website.

© The Canadian Press, 2014

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