VANCOUVER, Jan. 3, 2012 /CNW/ - A nursing home operator in Nanaimo is
bringing in the New Year by issuing lay-off notices to more than 150
local health care workers.
Mississauga-based Chartwell Seniors' Housing REIT— the operator of
Malaspina Gardens - today gave six months' notice of layoff to its
staff and confirmed that it will contract out their work.
It's a move that will disrupt the continuity of care for the frail
elderly and others who receive care at the facility, according to the
Hospital Employees' Union.
"Chartwell has decided to lay off this team of committed and experienced
health care workers - some with decades of service at Malaspina Gardens
- in order to protect its profit margin," says HEU secretary-business
manager Bonnie Pearson.
"It's just one more example of how provincial government policies in
this sector have failed seniors and their families and put the economic
security of health care workers - mostly women - at risk."
Pearson notes that Chartwell will continue to receive public funding to
operate Malaspina Gardens and will face no financial penalty for
lowering the boom on its workers. It will be able to keep any savings
that result from contracting out to a low-wage subcontractor.
Since the passage of Bill 29 in 2002, many care facilities have contracted out care and support
services to subcontractors in order to suppress wage costs.
Although the Supreme Court of Canada struck down key provisions of the
contract-shredding law in 2007, it did not restore contracting-out
protections to health care collective agreements.
Workers impacted by today's lay-off notices include nurses, care aides,
clerical workers, housekeepers and dietary workers. About 150 of them
are represented by HEU.
SOURCE Hospital Employees' Union
For further information:
Mike Old, HEU communications director