Comox Hospital Workers Beat Privatization Rap
in Comox have voted 65 per cent
in favour of a landmark agreement that will save more than 400 jobs.
concessions, the Hospital employees Union’s Comox local and the
bosses hammered out a deal that will automatically reinstate HEU
current wage rates and other contract provisions if jobs are contracted
during the term of the agreement.
memorandum of agreement,
ratified Thursday after extensive discussions with hospital management,
effect until March 31, 2004 and continues until a new provincial
Bonnie McGlashan says her members agreed to significant concessions in
prevent privatization and to retain the skilled and experienced workers
acted in solidarity in defence of workers under immediate threat and in
of public health care," says McGlashan, a front desk receptionist at
hospital. "In the face of a government that rips up legal contracts, we
have taken this action together so that we can continue the battle
workers providing support services, such as laundry, housekeeping, food
services and maintenance, take an immediate wage roll-back of $1.92 an
The hourly wage for direct care is reduced by 20 cents an hour, and
all other classifications are rolled back by 40 cents an hour.
back wage and pay equity adjustments that came into effect earlier this
give up three days of annual vacation and work a longer work week.
management, which told the union that they have no intention to
contract out HEU
jobs once the agreement is in place, has agreed to immediately
wage rates and all other concessions if they serve notice to contract
obtained proposals from private companies to provide housekeeping,
security services but sealed the bids pending negotiations with the