Saskatoon: The president of the largest union in the country will hold a media scrum today, November 6, at 2 p.m. to comment on the privatization concerns posed by the Patient First review. The scrum will be held in the Radisson’s Hotel “Verona Room” on the convention floor.
CUPE National President Paul Moist, one of the country’s most outspoken critics of health care privatization, is in Saskatoon today to address delegates at the union’s annual Solidarity Conference. He will talk about the threat to public services posed by the SaskParty government’s support for public private partnerships (P3s) and its willingness to consider privatizing health care support services. CUPE represents 12,500 health care providers in Saskatchewan.
As Moist points out, “The largest demonstrations in this province’s history occurred in the 1980s, when working people organized to protect public services and defeat the misguided privatization policies of the Devine government.
“SaskParty leader Elwin Hermanson lost an election because he wanted to privatize the crowns.
“Will Premier Brad Wall learn from the province’s history or repeat his predecessors’ mistakes?”
Paul Moist will address delegates at 3:30 p.m. in the Michelangelo Room in the Radisson Hotel.
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For more information contact, Beth Smillie at 229-4908.