HEU supports new cabinet focus on fighting poverty
B.C.'s largest health care union has given the nod to Premier Glen Clark's creation of two new cabinet positions targeted at social and community development. And the Hospital Employees' Union is hopeful that the creation of a cabinet council for social development means that the NDP government will have a renewed focus on fighting poverty in communities across B.C. "We're confident that the new cabinet will continue to provide British Columbians with a first class health care system," says HEU secretary-business manager Chris Allnutt. "But there's no question that this government must spend more energy addressing income security - one of the key determinants of good health. The relationship between poor health and poverty is one our members confront everyday in communities across the province." Allnutt says one of the first orders of business for the new cabinet must be to address the inadequate levels of income assistance provided to those living in poverty.