Housekeeping staff at all three facilities on the Delta Hospital care campus are returning to direct employment with Fraser Health this month.
A total of 474 housekeeping workers at 18 Fraser Health sites – including Delta Hospital, Mountain View Manor and Irene Thomas Hospice – will become health authority employees in July, nearly 20 years after the service they provide has been outsourced to private companies.
“Bringing health care workers back into the public system means better working conditions for them, better care for patients and a stronger health system for all of us,” Health Minister Adrian Dix said. in a press release. “I am proud of Fraser Health for the incredible repatriation efforts they have made so far.”
Last August, Dix and Labor Minister Harry Bains announced that the government would end contract housekeeping and catering services in the healthcare system, from March this year, when existing agreements expire. .
Following this announcement, health authorities and Providence Health Care served notice under 21 commercial services contracts and began a phased approach to repatriate housekeeping and catering service contracts, beginning with Island Health.
In April this year, 362 food service and housekeeping employees from Eagle Ridge, Royal Columbian and Burnaby hospitals returned to direct Fraser Health employment after the end of the service contract with the US-based Aramark Corporation.
The government plans to bring about 4,000 workers province-wide back into direct health authority employment under Bill 47 (the Health Sector Statutes Repeal Act), which came into effect. effective 2019. The act repeals two previous statutes passed by the former government of British Columbia. Liberal government in 2002 and 2003 which facilitated the contracting out of services in the health sector.
The change restores pensions and ends “decades of injustice” for people who worked during the COVID-19 pandemic, at a time when the province is trying to recruit more people to work in the system, said Ten when announcing the change last summer.
Meena Brisard, business secretary-director of the Hospital Employees Union, said bringing housekeepers together with the healthcare team recognizes the critical role they play in patient care and safety and improves their lives by providing better wages and benefits, which in turn leads to less turnover and an improved public health system.
“What we have learned from the past 20 years of privatization is that contracting out has a disproportionate impact on women and racialized healthcare workers. We can do better, and today we are doing it,” Brisard said in a press release.
Return to direct employment is set to continue over the next two years for contract employees at Aramark, Sodexo, SerVantage and Compass at Fraser Health, Vancouver Coastal Health and the Provincial Health Services Authority.
Other sites where housekeeping staff are returning to direct Fraser Health employment this month include Surrey Memorial Hospital, CareLife Fleetwood, Czorny Alzheimer’s Centre, Peace Arch Hospital, Dr. Al Hogg, the Peace Arch Hospital Foundation Pavilion, Langley Memorial Hospital, Rosewood, Marwood, Cedar Hill, Maple Hill, Ridge Meadows Hospital, Baillie House, Fellburn Care Center and Queen’s Park Care Center.
— with files by Tom Fletcher
Delta Fraser Health