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Health Sciences Job Action in Regina

Regina (May 17, 2011) – About one hundred twenty specialized health care professionals in the Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region will be on strike beginning at eight o’clock this morning (Tuesday), Health Sciences Association President, Cathy Dickson has announced.

“We are resuming strike action, because the Wall government and health care employers have refused once again to send our contract dispute to independent, binding arbitration. Responsibility for the resumption of strike action sits squarely at the feet of the government and health care employers. They had an opportunity to prevent further strike action and they passed on that opportunity,” Dickson said.

“A variety of health care professionals will be off the job in Regina today including:

  • Dietitians from the Regina General and Pasqua Hospitals, Regina Pioneer Village and Wascana Rehab Center, as well as the Santa Maria Senior Citizen Home
  • EMT’s and Paramedics from Regina EMS
  • Occupational Therapists from Wascana Rehab Center, Regina General and Pasqua Hospitals and Home Care
  • Pharmacists from the Regina General and Pasqua Hospitals
  • Physical Therapists from the Regina General and Pasqua Hospitals, the Wascana Rehab Center, the Surgical Assessment Center, Regina Pioneer Village and Home Care
  • Public Health Inspectors from Public Health Services
  • Respiratory Therapists from the Regina General and Pasqua Hospitals, and the Wascana Rehab Center
  • Speech Language Pathologists from the Regina General and Pasqua Hospitals, Wascana
  • Rehab Center, Public Health, Regina Mental Health Clinic, and the Child and Youth Clinic

“How long Health Sciences members in the Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region remain on strike, and where and when additional job action will be launched, will be announced by the union at a later time,” Dickson said.

“The Wall government and health care employers claim they don’t want to submit our contract dispute to independent, binding arbitration, because there is still hope for a negotiated settlement. That would be helpful if they actually had any plans to negotiate! Both the government and SAHO admit they have not changed the public sector mandate, and have nothing new to offer our members. What’s to negotiate?” Dickson asked.

“What does the government suggest to finally bring an end to this contract dispute? They won’t negotiate, and they refuse to consider independent, binding arbitration. Are they saying they want to see strike action continue indefinitely? Saskatchewan families will find that attitude completely unacceptable” Dickson concluded.

For Further Information Contact:

Cathy Dickson, (President, Health Sciences)
1-306-361-5655

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