Day 1: On strike for public health care and decent jobs

Bargaining bulletin

Health care workers across B.C. are now on strike. Job action began with an overtime ban that went into effect at noon Sunday as 72-hour strike notice expired at most facilities.

Picket lines will be going up at health facilities across the province later this afternoon.

“Our fight for justice is being waged against this government’s privatization agenda and health employers’ continued refusal to stop contracting out our public health care services,” says HEU secretary-business manager Chris Allnutt. “Today we stand united and strong to protect decent jobs and public health care.”

At 4:00 pm today families, friends and community and labour supporters are gathering in solidarity with striking workers at health facilities in various cities around the province including: Vancouver General Hospital, Royal Columbian in New Westminister; Royal Jubilee in Victoria; Nanaimo Regional General Hospital; Kelowna General Hospital; Prince Rupert Regional Hospital; Trail Regional Hospital; Cranbrook Hospital and others.

Watch this space for future updates.