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Privatization contracts to be made public after decision of B.C. Information and Privacy Commissioner

Aug 20, 2010 01:11 PM
 


Precedent ends years of secrecy ended for multi-million dollar details between government and Compass, Sodexo and K-Bro for hospital support services

In mid-August, B.C.’s Information and Privacy Commissioner handed down an important decision that forces the B.C. government and its health authorities to make public uncensored versions of commercial contracts with private corporations like Compass, Sodexo and K-Bro Linen Systems that provide privatized support services at B.C. health care facilities.

The ruling came after a long freedom of information battle waged by CUPE’s health services division in B.C., the Hospital Employees’ Union (HEU).

HEU says the ruling should create a higher standard of accountability to the public and more insights into the true costs of the B.C. Liberal government’s controversial privatization policies.
 

  • Read the decision of B.C. Information and Privacy Commissioner


Thousands of health care support jobs have been privatized in B.C. since 2002 after the B.C. government broke the law by tearing up signed collective agreements to eliminate job security provisions for health care workers.