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Support rally set for 6:30 p.m. tonight near the protest site will go ahead.
The top leadership of the Hospital Employees’ Union has been arrested at a protest in Chilliwack that began last night and successfully preventeda semi-trailer from trucking dirty hospital laundry to Alberta.
HEU secretary-business manager Chris Allnutt, president Fred Muzin andfinancial secretary Mary LaPlante were taken into custody along with a 72-year old Surrey resident by the RCMP after K-Bro Linen Systems obtained an injunction from a judge in Vancouver. The four went peacefully.
Health care workers and their supporters remain near the sight at South Sumas and Unsworth roads in order to attend a rally planned for 6:30p.m. tonight.
The rally - a show of strength and solidarity against thegovernment’s health privatization plans - will feature B.C. Federationof Labour president Jim Sinclair. HEU assistant secretary-business manager Zorica Bosancic says, “I thinkwe’ve successfully raised the profile of the Campbell government’spolicies that threaten patient health and safety and ship good jobs offto Alberta.
HEU members are committed to stopping health privatization andcontracting out in British Columbia and will continue to creativelychallenge attempts to put private profits before patient care and publichealth services.”
Contact: Mike Old, communications officer, 604-828-6771 (cell)