HEU to meet with deputy labour minister
HEU representatives expect they will meet with the province’s deputy labour minister after the union made a proposal designed to kick-start discussions with government and health employers on finding alternatives to contracting out and privatization.
While there’s been no formal response to HEU’s offer to put April 1 wage and pay equity adjustments on hold in return for a hold on health authorities’ contracting out plans, labour minister Graham Bruce did tell reporters Monday that he’d instruct his deputy minister to contact the union.
HEU secretary-business manager Chris Allnutt says the meeting is welcome but cautioned members that finding a resolution that would avert thousands of planned lay-offs would take much more work.
“HEU members have demonstrated their willingness to compromise in order to avoid a crisis in our health care system,” says Allnutt.
“All parties have a responsibility to make every effort and fully explore all options so that this opportunity is not wasted.”
Allnutt advised members to monitor the union web site and hot lines to keep up with developments.
Hotlines 1-800-663-5813, ext. 1513, 1515 & 1516 604-739-1513, 604-739-1515 or 604-739-1516 (Vancouver)