MEDIA RELEASE: Let’s Own Our Public Services

For Immediate Release – November 16, 2015

Regina – The members and leaders of SEIU-West will be present in the Legislature today to witness the presentation of Own It petitions to the legislative assembly.

“Thousands of residents of Saskatchewan have signed these petitions which are calling on the government to invest in our valuable public services,” said Neil Colmin, Vice-President of SEIU-West. “It is the wish of the people that our current and future governments protect our public services from privatization.”

Over the course of several years, the government of Saskatchewan has let many public services slip out of the hands of the many and into the hands of a few private for-profiteers. The recent passing of Bill 179 that enables private MRI clinics to charge patients out-of-pocket for MRI scans within the province is an example.

“Legislation like Bill 179 endangers the functionality of our public health care system,” continued Colmin. “We’ve already seen what happens when you privatize public services like hospital laundry; you pay more and get less back in quality and quantity.”

SEIU-West members have reported that soiled laundry is on the same truck as clean laundry, that they aren’t receiving the items they need in their units and that they are receiving soiled linens on a regular basis since K-Bro took over laundry services for their health region.

“We know that when we pool our resources and manage our health care resources provincially, we will get better quality control and enhanced oversight because profit isn’t an issue,” continued Colmin. “How much more of this are we willing to take in Saskatchewan? Thousands of residents are saying no more. We do not want to be that place where people cannot get the help they need because it costs too much.“

SEIU-West represents more than 13,000 working people in the province of Saskatchewan. They work in health care, education, municipalities, community-based organizations, retirement homes and other sectors. They are joined by one colour, purple and one union, SEIU-West and they want you to know that purple works in our community! Visit to find out more about the members of SEIU-West who work for the people of Saskatchewan.

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For more information, contact:

Christine Miller, Communications Coordinator

Phone: 306-652-1011 ext. 8733


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MEDIA RELEASE: Let’s Own Our Public Services

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