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A group of health care support workers occupied the cafeteria of Victoria's Royal Jubilee Hospital to protest their employer's plan to contract-out more than 1000 jobs, the Victoria Times-Colonist reports.

HEU members demonstrated outside the hospital in against the Vancouver Island Health Authority's plan to contract food and cleaning services to Compass group subsidiaries.

Management claims the move will save $2 million a year. Wages for the contracted-out employees will be between $9.50 and $10.50 per hour.