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VANCOUVER—Delegates representing more than 40,000 B.C. health and community social services workers are meeting in Vancouver this week at the Hospital Employees’ Union (HEU) convention.

Under discussion is seniors’ care, privatization and several other key issues affecting health care in B.C. including severe labour shortages and increasing workloads.

CUPE BC president Barry O’Neill told delegates Tuesday that “it’s time to contract out this provincial government and contract in a government that really cares about you and the work you do.”

CUPE National president Paul Moist and National secretary-treasurer Claude Généreux are slated to address the convention Wednesday afternoon. Moist says that “Premier Gordon Campbell has turned his back on public long-term care and voters in B.C. will turn him out of office next May.”

The HEU, a division of CUPE, represents a wide variety of workers in hospitals, long-term care homes, community agencies and health centres. For more information on the convention visit the HEU website.