Swift Current – SEIU-West members invited Premier Brad Wall to a barbecue and general membership meeting in Swift Current on April 26 but unfortunately, he didn’t show up. The union had hoped that Premier Wall would come to talk about their growing concerns about the shape of healthcare in the province, including issues around staff shortages and the quality of health care services in the Cypress Health Region. Additionally, there was a desire to talk about a discussion paper for the education system and a general discussion about the state of the province.
“Of course we are disappointed that he didn’t show up but what’s worse is that we didn’t even get a response to our invitation,” said Gayle Jamieson, SEIU-West Board member. “Apparently we are invisible to this government and to SAHO. On Friday April 23, we held a rally to publicly present our concerns to MLA Wayne Elhard because he neglected to take the time necessary to meet with his constituents who work in healthcare. Only after we rallied at his office did he take the time out to meet with us.”
“Every week we see more and more evidence that our issues do not matter to the SaskParty government, said Barb Cape, President of SEIU-West. “The fact that health care providers have yet to reach a collective bargaining agreement after two years of negotiations has not improved their critical retention and recruitment issues, and this should be a great concern to Premier Wall and his government.”
“SEIU-West members will continue to invite members of the current government to meeting and participate in their events. We will also continue to rally in front of constituent offices and legislative buildings until there is a firm commitment to treat all health care workers in this province with equity, dignity and respect, and promised Janice Platzke, Secretary-Treasurer for SEIU-West.
A request to meet on April 29th has been extended to SAHO by the three Unions (SEIU-West, SGEU and CUPE) who represent health care providers The Unions are hopeful that SAHO will begin to recognize the important role all health care providers in the health system and that they will be prepared to come to the table with a willingness to bargain in good faith.
SEIU-West represents 12,000 working men and women across Saskatchewan.
Barbara Cape, SEIU-West President – 306.631.4713
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