“Using taxpayer dollars to prolong legal work stoppages is not only a waste of money but belies any claim that this Liberal government is progressive towards the needs of our most fragile citizens and our skilled health care workers, the vast majority of whom are women." — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
"We call on the government to reject any recommendation that would start us down the path of a two-tiered home care system based on income." — Michelle Gawronsky, MGEU President
Home care workers struggle to care for clients with reduced time allotments, not to mention have to fight to receive pay for work done.
Home care workers' contracts expired in 2014, now headed to conciliation.
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For every home visit and/or clinical visit, the private owner of CarePartners, Linda Knight, profits at the expense of the workers who are not fully paid for time spent in each home visit.
"If the Minister follows his panel without questioning the pro-privatization slant of their recommendations, there is a very high danger of for-profit privatization of home care, including care coordination and care provision functions. This is absolutely not in the public interest.” — Natalie Mehra, Ontario Health Coalition executive director
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Halifax (15 May 2015) — The fight to keep home care services in the public health care system may have just shifted. Pressure has been mounting on the Nova Scotia government after the Minister of Health announced that he would be introducing a competitive bidding model to the home care system across the province.
“This is an agency that has had trouble retaining skilled nursing staff yet has been unwilling to budge on the working conditions and compensation issues that are leading to that exodus.” — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
“Home care is key to health system reform, yet the government has done little over the last decade to stabilize the sector." — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President.