Calgary - CUPE members at the Calgary Health Region (CHR) are staging public demonstration of their opposition to plans by the Calgary Health Region to hand human resource and payroll services over to the private sector.
At the same time, the members of CUPE 182 are collecting signatures to voice the concerns of health care workers and the general public over the privatization plan. Members of the United Nurses of Alberta and the Health Sciences Association of Alberta will join them on the picket line.
- Thursday May 16, 2002
11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
- Peter Lougheed Centre
3500 26th Avenue N.E.
South Entrance - public sidewalk
Rockyview General Hospital
7007 14 Street S.W.
14th Street - public sidewalk
While debate is taking place across the province and the country, the Calgary Health Region is already proceeding with its plan to privatize, says CUPE 182 President, James Arthurs. This means dollars taken away from services to go to line the pockets of private investors. Today, the plan is to privatize human resource services. What will it be tomorrow? he asks.
CUPE 182 has prepared an analysis of the high cost to taxpayers of the plan to hand over these services to a public private partnership. They have requested an opportunity to present their findings to the CHR Board.
CUPE is Canada’s largest union with over half a million women and men who provide public services. In Alberta, CUPEs 31,000 members work in health care, municipalities, schools, colleges, universities, libraries, emergency medical services, social services and casinos. Visit our CUPE websites for more information www.cupe.ca and www.cupealberta.ab.ca
For further information:
Pam Beattie, CUPE Communications,
(780) 288-1230 (cellular)