MONTREAL, Feb. 13, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - Employees of the McGill
University Health Centre are demonstrating at noon today to express
their anger at the MUHC's apparent intention to balance its $115
million budget deficit on the backs of the public and its personnel.
Despite the troubling conclusions of a health ministry report published
last December on governance rules and financial management, MUHC
managers have planned cutbacks in sanitation and its most efficient
programs. At the same time, the health centre categorically refuses to
discuss improvements to its procurement system or the ratio of managers
to employees, which is far higher than at other institutions.
"Not only has MUHC management decided to save money by eliminating a
team that specializes in disinfecting spaces contaminated by C. difficile, but once again managers have decided to cut by half the time devoted
to cleaning offices," said Paul Thomas, president of the MUHC
Employees' Union (SECUSM-CSN). "I have no doubt that these poor
decisions will endanger the health of our members and of the public."
Management has indicated it will continue to make cuts to a wide array
of programs, without regard to their effectiveness or their importance
to the public.
Employees are also demonstrating at the following MUHC institutions: the
Royal Victoria Hospital, the Montreal Chest Institute, the Montreal
Neurological Institute, Lachine Hospital, Montreal Children's Hospital,
as well as at the MUHC Administration Centre in downtown Montreal.
The SECUSM-CSN, which is affiliated with the Fédération de la santé et des services sociaux (FSSS-CSN), represents about 4800 employees at the MUHC, including
paratechnical personnel, auxiliary and trades services, office
employees, technicians and administration professionals.
Founded in 1921, the Confédération des syndicats nationaux (CSN) is a labour organization that struggles for a society of
solidarity, justice, equality and sustainability. To this end, the CSN
takes part in many debates of interest to Quebec society. The CSN is
composed of almost 2000 unions. The CSN represents more than 300,000
workers on a sectoral or professional basis in eight federations, as
well as regionally via 13 central councils, primarily within Quebec.
For further information:
Confédération des syndicats nationaux
Richard Charles Hink, CSN-Communications, 514 404 5367