60-day layoff notice to more than 30 health care workers means
disruption and upheaval for residents
VANCOUVER, Jan. 25, 2012 /CNW/ - The owner of Acacia Ty Mawr Lodge
intends to contract out all the jobs at the Shawnigan Lake seniors'
residential facility, putting more than 30 directly-employed care
aides, recreation aides, licensed practical nurses, and dietary,
kitchen and laundry staff out of work as early as the end of March.
The workers, members of the Hospital Employees' Union since 1989, were
taken completely off guard by the January 23 layoff notices. The union
says that the move to contract out comes as a complete surprise and is
devastating news not only to staff but to the facility's 35 residents -
many with complex care needs - and their families as well.
"The loss of decent, family-supporting jobs, especially in a small
community like Shawnigan Lake, is not the only consequence of this
unexpected move to contract out," says HEU secretary-business manager
"Contracting out also means that residents will lose familiar and
trusted staff who provide for their personal care and support needs on
a daily basis. The resulting disruption and upheaval creates an
unstable workforce with high rates of turnover and causes worry and
concern for the seniors and their families."
Pearson says that contracting out reduces wages and benefits for workers
which in turn means people have less to spend in their communities.
"That hurts local businesses, youth sports and recreation programs, and
arts and culture initiatives that rely on citizen participation and
"The provincial government talks a lot about its jobs agenda and putting
families first, but time and time again, long-serving and dedicated
health care workers - particularly those looking after seniors in
residential care facilities on Vancouver Island - are being told that
they don't deserve decent, family-supporting wages."
Acacia Ty Mawr Lodge is the latest seniors' care facility on Vancouver
Island to contract out this year. On January 3, Malaspina Gardens in
Nanaimo issued layoff notices to 150 workers in preparation for
SOURCE Hospital Employees' Union
For further information:
Contact: Margi Blamey, communications officer