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More than 200 hospital workers were on hand this week to protest plans to contract out food services at hospitals in the near-northern Ontario, City of Sudbury.

CUPE’s Ontario Council of Hospital Unions was holding its annual convention in Sudbury and used its numbers to push the point.

Speakers, including CUPE national president

Paul Moist, pointed to the perils of privatized health services in BC, England and the United States.

CUPE 1623 president Marlene Izzard reminded members that the hospital’s CEO had seen her salary rise by 52 per cent to $342,000 in 2004.

“We are not the problem,” Izzard told the rally.