Winnipeg Free Press: Nurses' jobs are likely safe: WRHA

Sep 11, 2018

Unions not convinced service consolidation won't affect employment

Nurses will likely not lose their jobs in the wake of changes to where surgeries and mental-health services will now be offered, but they may be working at a different hospital, officials with the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority say.

Karlee Blatz, WRHA regional director of labour relations, said Tuesday the second phase of its consolidation of services means in the next few weeks position-deletion notices will go first to affected nurses at Grace Hospital and Seven Oaks General Hospital, followed by those at the Health Sciences Centre and Concordia Hospital...

…Michelle Gawronsky, president of the Manitoba Government and General Employees’ Union, criticized the announcement, which she says was made with no consultation with front-line workers.

Gawronsky said 23 staff at Victoria who were laid off during Phase 1 of the changes were told they would have their hours restored in Phase 2, but there was nothing about that in Tuesday’s announcement.

"For anyone who has been a patient in hospital, or had a loved one in hospital, you know that high-quality health care is delivered by a team — a team that includes health-care aides, dietary staff, housekeeping and maintenance to name a few," she said in a statement.

"But, for some reason, this government doesn’t seem to want to recognize these members of the team for the valuable work they do for patients.

"Ensuring quality care means supporting all dedicated health workers with the same guarantees that nurses have been provided."

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