Does a strike vote necessarily or automatically lead to a strike

No. Even if a majority of the membership votes yes in the actual strike vote, the vote itself does not automatically trigger a strike. A strike is triggered only if the Executive decides it is necessary. As well, a strong strike mandate—with a high turnout of members and a high percentage voting in favour of a strike—is considered the best way to avert an actual strike, because it signals to the Employer how committed the members are to progress on their key issues and gives them an incentive to make a better offer. The Bargaining Team can keep negotiating with a strike mandate in hand in order get a better deal and avert an actual strike. If the Executive believes that the Employer has made an offer that should be brought to the membership for a potential ratification vote, this can also mean that the strike mandate is not actually used.

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