In midst of health restructuring, all front-line staff should be treated equally and fairly
Sep 12, 2017
At a news conference today, MGEU President Michelle Gawronsky told reporters that as many as 40 MGEU members who work at the Victoria General Hospital as health care and dietary aides, as well as in housekeeping and clerical, are unfairly losing their jobs as part of the government’s health care restructuring.
“In April, when sweeping changes in health care were announced, the Health Minister and the WRHA made a commitment in writing that there would be jobs for all front-line staff in the WRHA,” Gawronsky said. “But to date, the only ones who’ve received job security assurance are nurses.”
In a recent press release, the Minister acknowledged the critical role Health Care Support Service workers provide to patients, but so far, he has not backed that up with his actions.
“We believe all members of the health care team should be treated fairly and the government and WRHA should live up to their commitment to all front-line workers,” Gawronsky said.
She added she has written to the Health Minister, asking to urgently meet on this issue.
“The Minister has indicated his office will be in touch with me to set up a meeting. I’m still waiting for that phone call."