People across the province, including patients, families and, in particular, the elderly and people with disabilities, will benefit as legislation is aimed at improving the working conditions of health and social service workers. “This is a day when health care workers have been waiting for 16 years,” said Jennifer Whiteside, secretary of the hospital`s employees` union. “This is a fundamental first step in trying to repair a health care system that is now very fragmented.” “Today we are trying to recruit thousands of new people to look after us in the future,” he said. “We need more caregivers, municipalities and hospital staff across the province.” The bills introduced by Liberals B.C under then Premier Gordon Campbell, removed rights and rights available to other workers from nurses and non-clinical workers, in accordance with Code B.C. Bill 29 was introduced on January 25, 2002 and passed three days later on January 28. The combined bills resulted in layoffs of more than 10,000 health care workers, Dix said. It has opened the door to the provision of services and the abolition of union inheritance rights to private health facilities, forcing health facilities to comply with the old collective agreement negotiated with the former contractor. Repealing Bills 29 and 94 will improve job security and stability by strengthening the precarious employment conditions that workers have faced for years. In this way, the government will be better able to recruit and retain qualified health care professionals who are needed for better continuity of patient care. These statutes deprived the workers concerned of the protection of employment and the rights afforded by other B.C workers, paving the way for years of privatization, contracts and layoffs. The province said it would consult with unions, employers and all stakeholders to implement the repeal in a way that would strengthen the publicly funded health care system. B.c.
Health Minister Adrian Dix introduced legislation Thursday that would ban practices in Vancouver Island retirement homes since 2002, where contracts have been overturned several times – cutting health care professionals` salaries, seeding services and equipping evolving former clients. The proposed legislation, which will come into force in 2019 through a regulation, will restore the common succession and protection of employers of health care workers and remove the significant financial incentive for companies to reduce wage costs or reduce unionized labour costs. “We must celebrate health professionals and recognize the fundamental value of their contributions and make working conditions fair to all in the health sector,” said Health Minister Adrian Dix. “With the aging population, it`s time to inspire a new generation of health care workers, and we need to attract more caregivers, health workers and hospitals across the province.” In addition to caregivers, food services and dietary workers, the staff involved includes maintenance, laundry, security, information technology and accounting staff working in the health sector across the province.