24 Apr April 24/12 – Media Release: Health Network Statement on Pending Strike at Capital Health
Halifax, NS – The Nova Scotia Citizens’ Health Care Network is disappointed to hear that conciliation talks have broken down between the Capital Health and 3,500 front-line health care workers, represented by NSGEU 42. The Health Network firmly believes health care workers deserve fair and adequate compensation for the important work they do. The workers’ wage demand is below the rate of inflation.
“The Health Network is very disappointed that talks have broken down at Capital Health. We are hopeful that the provincial government will come to its senses and realize health care workers deserve fair compensation for the important work they do,” says Lee Seymour, Chair of the Health Network. “Inadequate compensation will result in health care workers leaving the province. We should be focusing on recruiting and retaining health care workers.”
Nova Scotia does not have an overall plan for health human resources in the future. Instead of picking fights with front-line health care workers, the provincial government should call a stakeholders meeting to develop a health human resources plan that focuses on recruitment and retention.
“The Province has no plan to train and retain health care workers and yet it wants to pick a fight with 3,500 front-line workers. Nova Scotians need solutions from this government, not more conflicts,” says Kyle Buott, provincial Coordinator of the Health Network.
The Health Network encourages both sides to seek a fair agreement and is pleased that a voluntary emergency services agreement has been negotiated between Capital Health and the workers so that no Nova Scotians will go without emergency care.
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About the Nova Scotia Citizens’ Health Care Network:
Formed in 1996, the Nova Scotia Citizens’ Health Care Network’s goal is to stop the privatization of the public health care system, ensure high levels of care, and create a forum for people and communities to discuss issues in health care.
The Network is a coalition of local health committees, community groups, organized labour, faith groups and individuals dedicated to protecting and advancing public health care to include services like pharmacare, dental care and long-term and home care.
The Network is political but non-partisan and receives no government funding.