VANCOUVER, Jan. 21, 2013 /CNW/ - Therapists, counsellors, and other
workers at Central Okanagan Child Development Centre will be off the
job Wednesday, as part of rotating job action in the community social
services sector. The workers are represented by the Health Sciences
HSA President Reid Johnson said professionals providing these crucial
services deserve a fair deal. "Our members at COCDA work with infants,
children, and families to provide support, therapy, and counselling,"
"They provide crucially important care. Physiotherapists, supported
child development consultants, speech language therapists, occupational
therapists, autism interventionists: these are all highly-trained
professionals who are passionate about the care they provide to
children and families," he said.
"If your child has a speech delay and needs assessment and speech
language therapy, your family comes to see us. If your infant is
medically fragile and needs specialized care, you come to see us. The
care and therapy our members provide can make the difference -- so that
your child can live a full and engaged life," he said.
Since 2004, the BC Liberal government has cut $300 million in funding
for programs that support vulnerable families, people with
developmental disabilities, at-risk youth, children and infants in
community-based programs, and many other vulnerable citizens.
"BC's government has consistently undervalued the skilled workers who
provide these services, and these professionals are among the lowest
paid in the public sector. That's just not fair," Johnson said.
"I've worked in this sector as a social worker. I'm amazed at what these
workers are able to do for families, often under extreme program budget
constraints. This sector has already been cut to the bone," he said.
"There are no so-called 'savings' to be 'found' here under the
government's unrealistic 'cooperative gains' mandate."
Essential services will be maintained during job action. This job action
is a continuation of rotating strikes in the community social services
sector across BC. More than 20 agencies on Vancouver Island were on
strike the week of December 10, generating significant media coverage,
including on radio, television and in print. Rotating strikes began on
The Community Social Services Bargaining Association (CSSBA) represents
15,000 community social service workers across BC. The BCGEU is the
largest union in the community social services sector, representing
about two-thirds of workers. HSA, CUPE, and HEU are members of the
association, as are UFCW, CSWU, USW, SEIU and CLAC.
An interactive timeline of the community social services job action to
date is now available online here
You can print the community social services strike leaflet here
HSA President Reid Johnson and professionals on strike at Central
Okanagan Child Development Centre are available to speak with media.
SOURCE: Health Sciences Association of British Columbia
For further information:
Yukie Kurahashi 1.800.663.2017 x526 or firstname.lastname@example.org