The Campbell Liberals have launched an unprecedented attack on health care collective agreements Friday afternoon in the British Columbia legislature.
The legislation tabled by the provincial government includes:
- ending employment security for all health care workers;
- ending successorship for community social services workers;
- elimination of 30-year old contracting-out language negotiated by the Hospital Employees’ Union, CUPE’s BC health services division.;
- putting the wall back up between community and facilities workers; and
- restricting bumping to two bumps.
“This is an outrageous attack on health care and on the principle of free collective bargaining,” says HEU secretary-business manager Chris Allnutt. “The premier and his government have shown us what their pre-election commitments to protect health care and respect contracts are really worth – absolutely nothing.”
Allnutt says that at a time when our health care system needs stability more than ever, the government has chosen a path that will lead to chaos.
You can read the legislation and accompanying regulations at http://www.legis.gov.bc.ca/37th2nd/1st_read/gov29-1.htm