Swift Current (May 13, 2011) – About fifty specialized health care professionals in the Cypress Health Region will be on strike beginning at eight o’clock this morning (Friday), Health Sciences Association President, Cathy Dickson has announced.
“It is clear that health care employers and the Wall government have no intention of trying to negotiate a fair and reasonable contract offer for the more than three-thousand specialized health care professionals we represent. That’s why we are continuing job action and renewing our public call for this contract dispute to go to independent, binding arbitration,” Dickson said.
“A variety of health care professionals will be off the job in Swift Current today including:
“The one-hundred fifty specialized health care professionals who have been on strike since Wednesday in Saskatoon return to work this morning. How long the professionals in Cypress Health Region 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.
“We are determined to take a strong stand against the chronic under-staffing of our professions, because understaffing risks the health of Saskatchewan patients. We will also continue to speak out for more competitive wages and benefits, because recruitment and retention problems will only worsen if Saskatchewan fails to keep wages and benefits competitive with neighbouring provinces like Alberta,” Dickson said.
“We renew our public call for Premier Brad Wall to send our contract dispute to independent, binding arbitration. Health care employers and the Wall government cannot have it both ways. They can’t tell the public that they have offered our professionals a fair and reasonable contract with competitive wages and benefits, but then refuse to send this contract dispute to independent, binding arbitration. If their proposals are in fact fair, what do they have to fear from an independent arbitrator setting the terms of a new contract?” Dickson asked.
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