Hospital and health-care staff in Alberta to return to work today

Henrietta Strickland
October 28, 2020

Front-line hospital workers walked off the job at health-care facilities across Alberta on Monday with a protest occurring outside of the Queen Elizabeth II Hospital in Grande Prairie.

Smith said the decision to strike was taken by the members themselves.

Hospital workers across Alberta returned to work Tuesday, encouraged by their union to obey orders from the Alberta Labour Relations Board which deemed their Monday strike illegal, but not before hatching a new plan to spread their message.

"How would you feel if you were told, 'we appreciate you through a pandemic, we appreciate everything you're doing but now you're going to lose your job, have a good day", he adds. Our focus is on ensuring patients continue to receive the care and treatment they need.

Patients will be contacted directly if their appointments are affected and that visitors may be limited at some sites.

Some of the cuts are to come from further contracting out of laundry and lab services. "The recent announcement by Health Minister Tyler Shandro of 11,000 jobs being cut in the middle of a global deadly pandemic was the last straw for them".

"It's disappointing to see union bosses creating so much uncertainty in an uncertain time while the government is making common-sense changes to keep Alberta's health-care system sustainable".

"Maybe we didn't reach the goals that we were hoping for, but we let the government know that our members are prepared to take action when necessary".

"Covenant Health, a Catholic health care provider, are in talks with Jason Kenny and the government to sell off all of their buildings, which they plan to start privatizing".

A statement from Alberta's Minister of Finance Travis Toews, notes that the strike is illegal and that those involved will be held accountable.

Alberta Health Services has filed a complaint with the Alberta Labour Relations Board over health service workers walking off the job.

Toews' statement went on to say that "Alberta spends 42% of its budget on health - which has increased 17% since 2015".

"My expectation is that all unions respect the bargaining process, stop putting Albertans' safety at risk and abide by the law".

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