Fight Bill 29
Care aid workers providing direct care to 95 residents at Willingdon
home in Burnaby were handed lay off notices, this spring, by the
administration that plan to restructure under Bill 29.
April 28, twenty-eight care aid staffs, some with as many as 25 years
to the home, was told that their last day of employment would be on
response, workers, all members of the Hospital Employees Union, staged
rally outside the home to tell the Campbell Government that
not the answer for BC’s ailing health care system. The care aid workers
attending the rally slammed the BC Liberals, who they say passed Bill
year to allow employers to make greater profits, rather than to create
improved health care system.
of the local, Raj Edwards attended that rally. Speaking on behalf of
Park care aid staff, she called the move unjust.
laid off from this facility. We understand that lay offs mean that
there is no
work, or there is a shortage of work. There is no shortage of work.
going to replace us with lower wages. Our jobs are still there. The
looking for profits and owners’ pockets are getting bigger. He is
profit off of seniors,” Edwards said.
are enraged by plans that they say will see them replaced by staff that
work for a fraction of wage workers receive now. They added that when
leave Willingdon Park Care Home, patients will be the ones who suffer
as relationships between patients and staff will be severed, all for
similar situation occurred late last year when Care Aid workers at a
Point Grey Care Home were issued lay-off notices so the administration
restructure under Bill 29. The notices were later rescinded after
pressures forced management to reconsider their actions.
Bill 29’s measures are resulting in more lay-offs and firings in health
authority regions across the province. Recently, the Coastal Health
announced the sacking of 1500 workers, with 1000 to lose their jobs on
The HEU is also applied to the
Freedom of Information office to make public a secret deal between
Lions Gate Hospital in North Vancouver and the US-based K-Bro
contract out laundry services at a cost of 47 jobs. But company representatives
have told hospital workers at recruitment meetings that it will cut
half to $9.50 an hour and require workers to put in 10-hour shifts over
four-day work week at their soon-to-be-opened Burnaby facility.
Last week, 500 cleaning and
dietary staff at BC
Children's and Women's Health Centre and the BC Cancer Agency received
lay off notices.
Bill 29 is currently being challenged as
a violation of freedom of
association and undue breach of contract in BC Supreme Court. A ruling
expected later this year.