VANCOUVER, Aug. 31 /CNW/ - Laid-off care staff at Cerwydden Care Centre
in Duncan are still waiting to be paid out their remaining pay after
working their last day on August 9.
Park Place Seniors' Living announced in February that it would contract
out over 70 staff providing care services to seniors residing at
Cerwydden Care Centre. Employees worked until August 9, at which point
their union contract provided them with a number of options including
In addition, employees were also given the option to apply for a
position with the incoming contractor for significantly lower wages and
fewer benefits. However, several employees were not re-hired.
"Park Place Seniors' Living has demonstrated that it has no regard for
the women and men who have been caring for seniors at Cerwydden," said
Lori Strom, staff representative with the BC Government and Service
Employees' Union (BCGEU) which represents the laid-off care staff.
"Laid-off workers have not received their severance entitlements despite
an Employment Standards regulation requiring the employer to pay out all
wages within 48 hours of the last day worked."
According to the union's calculations, Park Place Seniors' Living will
be paying over $250,000 in contractual obligations to the laid-off
workers. "That's how much this employer is willing to pay just to drive
down wages and reduce the quality of care for seniors at Cerwydden Care
Centre," said Strom.
The contracting out of care staff at Cerwydden is yet another example of
the crisis in seniors' care, said Strom. "In contracting out all the
care staff - many of whom have worked there for over a decade - Park
Place Seniors' Living is creating instability in a workforce where
consistency of care is a critical factor in their clients' health."
"Park Place Seniors' Living has been clear with us throughout this
process that it is not in a position of financial hardship. We conclude,
then, that contracting out is motivated by a desire to increase profit
and to allow for a second level of profit for a private contractor by
reducing staff wages and benefits - at the expense of quality care for
SOURCE B.C. Government and Service Employees' Union
For further information: For further information:
Erin Sikora, BCGEU Communications at 604-291-9611