HEU looking forward to constructive discussions on Bill 29 court ruling

    VANCOUVER, Aug. 2 /CNW/ - The Hospital Employees' Union is looking
forward to constructive discussions with the B.C. government on the
implications of the Supreme Court of Canada's landmark decision striking down
key sections of Bill 29, The Health and Social Services Delivery Improvement
    Health Minister George Abbott announced today that he has appointed the
associate deputy minister of labour, Paul Straszak, to initiate these
discussions with the affected health unions.
    HEU and the other unions who backed the five-year court battle against
Bill 29 had written the government on June 13 asking for a meeting to address
the ruling and its implications.
    "We're looking forward to a constructive process that reflects and
respects the court's judgment," says HEU's assistant secretary-business
manager Zorica Bosancic.
    "We believe that all parties now have an opportunity to strengthen health
care delivery and stabilize labour relations in the sector while also
recognizing the impact of Bill 29 on both workers and the public."
    The June 8 ruling by the Supreme Court of Canada struck down three
sections of the 2002 legislation including those that eliminated contracting
out protections in health care and community social services collective
    The Court suspended its declaration for 12 months to give government an
opportunity to deal with the repercussions of the ruling.

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For further information: Mike Old, communications director, (604)
828-6771 (cell)

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