BROCKVILLE, ON, Jan. 18 /CNW/ - Frustration is mounting for employees of
the Brockville Mental Health Centre as they watch the transfer of
services to Brockville General Hospital without any guarantees they
will still have jobs once the process is complete.
"While the Royal Ottawa Health Care Group crows about the fabulous job
it's doing and hands out promotion after promotion to senior managers
who will earn even more money, the fact is our members are being kept
in the dark by an employer who prefers to dictate rather than negotiate
the impact its restructuring decisions will have on our members," said
Dave Lundy, regional vice president for the Ontario Public Service
Employees Union in eastern Ontario.
"At the very time that Brockville is suffering from high unemployment
and dim job prospects, we have a major employer like ROHCG shutting
down services and when it's not it moves well-paying, skilled jobs to
Ottawa and other places."
Of immediate concern to the union is the potential loss of about 80
support staff positions at Brockville General hospital as a result of
the transfer of the Elmgrove acute care mental health unit to BGH.
In fact, the ROHCG now says responsibility for the labour adjustment
plan is in the hands of Brockville General and its CEO Ray Marshall,
contrary to what the union had earlier been led to believe.
OPSEU believes a bad situation is being made worse by senior management
which, in a year-end memo to all staff, acknowledged a serious "staff
morale" problem in Brockville.
"Ray Marshall can do something about this morale problem by rolling up
his sleeves and working hard to ensure that not one job is lost through
the transfer process," said Lundy.
"All we're looking for at the moment is for management to agree to some
timelines where we can discuss the labour adjustment plan. That would
be a good starting point."
SOURCE Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU)
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