Saskatoon (June 10, 2011) – About three-hundred specialized health care professionals in the Saskatoon Health Region will be on strike beginning at eight o’clock this morning (Friday), Health Sciences Association President, Cathy Dickson has announced.
“Health care employers are directly responsible for this resumption of strike action with their arrogant and disrespectful approach to contract negotiations,” Dickson said.
“For weeks health care employers, represented by SAHO, have opposed our request for independent, interest-based, binding arbitration to settle our contract dispute. They claimed they wanted to negotiate a new contract at the bargaining table, but when we resumed negotiations this week, SAHO dropped a ‘final offer’ on the table, refused to even discuss their proposal or our counter proposal, and then walked away from all further negotiations! Where’s their claimed commitment to meaningful negotiations?” Dickson asked.
“A variety of health care professionals will be off the job in the Saskatoon Health Region, with pickets assembling at both Saskatoon City Hospital and Royal University Hospital. The professionals on strike will include:
“How long these professionals will be on strike, and where and when additional job action will be launched, will be announced by the union at a later time,” Dickson said.
“Health care employers and the Wall government now have no credibility in refusing our request to send this contract dispute to binding arbitration. Until this week they have claimed that they wanted to negotiate a new contract agreement at the bargaining table, but now they have chosen to walk away from further negotiations. What’s their excuse now?” Dickson asked.
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