Wakaw – SEIU-West has now served notice to the Saskatoon Health Region (SHR) that due to the technological changes introduced by the employer in the closure of Wakaw Hospital, negotiations must commence in order to create a workplace adjustment plan for the health providers.
“The actual work that our members do is going to be altered significantly by the reduced service levels in the closure of Wakaw Hospital,” said Randy Hoffman, SEIU-West Union Representative. “While we remain concerned about the accessibility of hospital services within this community, we also want our members to be able to continue to work and live in a way that benefits themselves and the community as a whole. It is not a secret that when people lose jobs, and there are no alternate employment opportunities within their community, they either have to move or lengthen their commute. In addition, there is an obligation on the parties to truly discuss and determine significant and meaningful means of expanding the limited services initially promoted by the Health Region.”
“Our members are facing some very hard times if we don’t get a plan in place now,” says Barb Cape, President of SEIU-West. “We want to be proactive; and we want to influence the design of the workplace so that when doctors are finally recruited to the Wakaw Hospital – there are no barriers to reopening the facility. It goes without saying that it is our desire to see the best quality public healthcare provided to the people of the Wakaw and surrounding area.”
No dates have been agreed to as of yet but the Union is hopeful that the employer will see fit to arrange these meetings in a timely manner.
SEIU-West represents over 11,000 health care providers working in four (4) health regions across Saskatchewan. As well, SEIU-West represents employees working in the following sectors: Education, Municipal, Community Based Organizations and Allied. For more information on SEIU-West visit: www.seiuwest.ca.
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Christine Miller, Communications Coordinator SEIU-West – 306.370.4990 | email@example.com