At a noon-hour barbecue held earlier this month, Weyburn residents showed their support for health care laundry workers facing certain job loss as a result of the Saskatchewan government’s controversial plan to privatize health care laundry. Over 25 laundry workers employed at the publicly funded Tatagwa View facility, members of CUPE Local 5999, and more than 300 workers province-wide will lose their jobs within two years as health care laundry is handed over to a for-profit, Alberta-based corporation – K-Bro.
“Privatization will mean Saskatchewan families will lose jobs” said Sandra Seitz, President of CUPE Local 5999. “We need to let the government know their privatization of health care laundry is misguided, and it hurts Saskatchewan families.”
In addition to the loss of jobs for Weyburn-area families, Seitz noted that there are other concerns with the privatization of Saskatchewan’s health care laundry services provided to hospitals and long-term care facilities. Patient care will be placed at risk as health regions lose direct control over laundry. Fair wages will be replaced with poverty wages; and, tax dollars will be funneled out of the province and taken away from health care to boost corporate profits.
The publicly funded laundry facility located in Weyburn serves the communities of Weyburn, Wawota, Fillmore, Carlyle, Stoughton, Midale, Pangman, Radville, Redvers, Kipling, Lampman, and Oxbow.
Saskatchewan residents are asked to contact their MLA to express opposition to the privatization of health care laundry. Communities affected include: Weyburn, Moose Jaw, Prince Albert, and Yorkton.