Today’s announcement of Phase II of “Healing Our Health System” continues to concern CUPE, which represents thousands of health care workers in the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority.
“Instead of listening to the concerns of front-line workers and the community, the government continues to dig in its heels with their plans to close the Concordia and Seven Oaks Emergency Rooms,” said Debbie Boissonneault, President of CUPE 204, which represents health care support workers in both facilities.
Phase I of “Healing our Health System” also resulted in thousands of health care support workers having their lives thrown into chaos. Over 1,300 health care support positions were deleted, and 131 health care workers were laid off.
The Phase II announcement doesn’t provide details to whether or not further deletions, bumping, and layoffs will be forced onto workers.
“Health care workers deserve respect and they deserve to be heard, and that is not happening,” said Boissonneault. “All we want is to focus on our work and continue to serve the patients and communities we care about without having to worry about whether or not we still have jobs.”
The Canadian Union of Public Employees is Canada’s largest union representing more than 643,000 members. In Manitoba, CUPE represents approximately 26,000 members working in health care facilities, personal care homes, school divisions, municipal services, social services, child care centres, public utilities, libraries and family emergency services.