Regina (June 23, 2011) – Rotating strikes by Saskatchewan’s specialized health care professionals will continue today (Thursday) in Regina, Saskatoon and Prince Albert with about 400 Health Sciences members remaining off the job.
“In the Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region, health care professionals will continue to picket at Regina’s Pasqua Hospital, 4101 Dewdney Avenue. In the Saskatoon Health Region, health care professionals will still be picketing on College Drive, near Saskatoon’s Royal University Hospital. In the Prince Albert Parkland Health Region, striking health care professionals will establish a picket line outside Victoria Hospital on 10th Avenue West in Prince Albert,” Health Sciences President Cathy Dickson said.
“Our rotating strike action, now the longest health care strike in Saskatchewan history, is continuing because there is no indication from either SAHO or the Wall government that they are prepared to resume meaningful negotiations or accept our request to send this contract dispute to independent, interest-based, binding arbitration,” Dickson said.
“We apologize to our patients and clients for this disruption of service, but want them to know that we have been pushed to this action as a last resort by health care employers who have chronically under-staffed our professions, and who have refused to present a fair and reasonable contract offer with competitive wages and benefits,” Dickson noted.
“If employers continue to refuse to negotiate in good faith, the Wall government should do the right thing and agree to send this dispute to independent, interest-based, binding arbitration, where a third party could review the contract proposals from both sides, and then set the terms of a new contract,” Dickson concluded.
Health Sciences is the union which represents more than three-thousand specialized health care professionals from more than thirty health care professions. Health Sciences members include: Emergency care workers like Paramedics; Acute care workers like Hospital Pharmacists, Perfusionists, and Respiratory Therapists; Rehabilitation professionals like Physical Therapists and Speech Language Pathologists; and Community-based professionals like Public Health Inspectors, Psychologists and Social Workers.
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