Rally at Kingston General to protest Compass' management of housekeeping at the hospital

KINGSTON, ON, March 4, 2016 /CNW/ - Staff at the Kingston General Hospital represented by CUPE Local 1974 will rally at the hospital (76 Stuart St., Kingston) at 11:30 a.m. on March 4.

The demonstration will protest havoc created by a contractor managing housekeeping, Compass.

"Compass is a major corporation which has been brought in by the Kingston General Hospital to cut costs through the management of the housekeeping department. Unfortunately for patients at the hospital, staff reductions in cleaning have cut a skeleton cleaning crew to the bone," says Mike Rodrigues, president of CUPE Local 1974. " On top of the job cuts, scheduling changes introduced by the hospital have significantly hurt employee morale."

"The services of a major for-profit corporation like Compass are most certainly not needed to effectively manage the housekeeping department at Kingston General Hospital," says Michael Hurley, president of CUPE's 30,000 member Ontario Council of Hospital Unions. "The women and men who clean and disinfect to keep patients safe from hospital acquired infections would be much better directed by in-house management. We are calling on the Kingston General Hospital to end its contract for the management of these services with Compass."

SOURCE Ontario Council of Hospital Unions (CUPE)

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For further information: please contact: Mike Rodrigues, President, CUPE Local 1974: c) 613 876 4309; Michael Hurley, President, OCHU: c) 416 884 0770; Stella Yeadon, CUPE Communications: c) 416 559 9300

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