“Women united to vote” is the union’s IWD 2005 message.
It’s a message that HEU members can proudly wear in their workplaces and out in the community as they celebrate the accomplishments of women.And it declares the power of the women’s vote as British Columbians prepare to go to the polls to elect a new provincial government on May 17. That’s the day that British Columbians can hold Gordon Campbell and his Liberals accountable for the devastating effects their policy shifts and program cuts have had on public health care and on health care workers. The consequences of the BC Liberals’ health care privatization agenda have been devastating to families and communities across the province. Eight thousand health care workers — the vast majority women — lost family-supporting jobs to contracting out and thousands more had their wages rolled back by 15 per cent due to mean-spirited and targeted pieces of legislation. And through cuts, closures and privatization, Gordon Campbell’s government has forced a crisis in BC’s health care system. The BC Liberals have:
- broken their promise of 5,000 new and additional long-term care beds — and admitted it;
- failed to improve home support and care for seniors and people with disabilities in our communities;
- compromised patient and resident care by destroying the health care team in hospitals and health care facilities; and
- promoted privatization and brought massive public-private partnerships into health care through the Abbotsford Regional Hospital and Cancer Centre and Vancouver Ambulatory Care Centre P3s.
But we can change this — at the ballot box on May 17.
And women united to vote can make all the difference.