South and Mid-Island housekeeping, on-site food service workers

CANADA, June 29 – Harry Bains, Minister of Labor –

“Support service workers are a critical part of BC’s health care system. Years ago, dedicated individuals who worked hard to provide quality services and support their families unfairly lost their jobs due to a reversal of contract. They had to reapply — at lower wages, without pre-negotiated seniority and other collective bargaining agreement protections — for their own positions. I am so happy to see that this terrible injustice is now corrected.

Sheila Malcolmson, Minister of Mental Health and Addictions and Member of Parliament for Nanaimo –

“Thank you, Island Health for your progress on Bill 47. You were the first in BC to bring hospital workers in-house after the previous government privatized them, and now look at you – the South Island workers are being repatriated, bringing a close to a very important effort to improve justice and equity for hospital service workers.

Murray Rankin, Minister of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation and MPP for Oak Bay-Gordon Head –

“I am so proud of the progress made by Island Health and our other health authorities. Together, we have righted the wrongs of the past and made a solemn promise to our current and future workers and service workers: you are important to our healthcare system, to our communities and to all of us. »

Lana Popham, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries and Member of Parliament for Saanich South –

“Community and public support has helped sustain Island Health’s progress in repatriating workers under Bill 47 and today this momentous occasion has arrived. Well done, everyone.

Grace Lore, Parliamentary Secretary for Gender Equity and MP for Victoria-Beacon Hill –

“I know other jurisdictions will be looking to British Columbia for leadership as we enter the final stages of Bill 47, starting with Island Health, and ending soon for other jurisdictions. sanitary. We show others that fairness, fair compensation and respect for position are important to us and our patients.

Rob Fleming, Minister of Transport and Infrastructure and MP for Victoria-Swan Lake –

“Service workers in healthcare facilities deserve dignity and respect for their work, and as we finalize Island Health’s recruitment of in-house workers, we are showing that we appreciate and recognize the importance of the work they do. A good day for Island Health and the South Island.

Mitzi Dean, Minister of Child and Family Development and Member of Parliament for Esquimalt-Metchosin –

“Bill 47 righted past wrongs that disproportionately affected minorities and women, and today in the South Island, those issues are a thing of the past. We strive to equip healthcare facility workers with positions that truly value their contributions to the healthcare system, improving patient care every day.

Leah Hollins, Board Chair, Island Health –

“Returning food service and housekeeping staff to Island Health helps us create an even stronger and more engaged healthcare team. By working as colleagues, the team can collaborate more effectively to solve problems and improve the quality of the service they provide. »

Meena Brisard, Secretary-Chief Executive, Union of Hospital Employees (SHE) –

“Today is a proud day for HEU Vancouver Island members who have worked so hard over the years to reunite with the public health care team. By bringing these workers in, the provincial government is reversing nearly two decades of privatization that has fragmented our public health care system and devastated the working lives of thousands of health care workers, most of whom are women or racialized workers. .

Rose Allen, Housekeeper, Royal Jubilee Hospital –

“After so many years, we are finally all together and happy to officially be part of the Island Health team. We’ve been waiting for this for so long. We put our heart and soul into doing good work and hope that our work will be recognized and appreciated by patients and staff.