Premier celebrates return of more than 4,600 health workers to public sector

Harry Bains, Minister of Labor –

“All workers deserve stable employment that treats them with dignity and respect, but this was not the case for the thousands of health workers whose jobs were privatized and outsourced, resulting in job loss and reduced pay and benefits. For the past four years, we’ve been calling these workers back to fair wages, benefits, job security and a supportive workplace, and we will continue to develop support and protections for all workers.”

Fraser Health’s president and CEO, Dr. Victoria Lee –

“All Fraser Health personnel and medical personnel play a valuable role and are an integral part of providing the care people need in the communities we serve. Over the past four years, we have worked closely with our partners to send staff working in our hospitals and community and long-term care facilities back to Fraser Health. We are proud to work in. I am pleased to celebrate this milestone and recognize the talents, skills and contributions of the more than 1,000 staff who are now part of Fraser Health.”

Leah Hollins, executive chairman, Island Health –

“Bringing these valued team members back to Island Health has played an important role in developing an even stronger, more engaged healthcare team. Bringing housekeeping and catering staff back to the company has had a very positive impact on everyone involved, and Island Health’s We are proud to lead this effort here.”

Fiona Dalton, President and CEO of Providence Health Care

“It has been my privilege to formally welcome the more than 550 food and environmental services personnel to join, and in some cases rejoin, Providence Health Care. In the last four months, I have seen the positive impact of repatriation on staff, patients and residents. As part of the Providence team, I am delighted to officially acknowledge these dedicated and hardworking individuals who do the essential and life-saving work of keeping our facilities clean and feeding the people we serve. Recent years have shown us how we are part of a team that works together to provide exceptional care. On behalf of everyone in Providence, we thank our food and environmental services staff and welcome back to the Providence family.”

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David Byres, President and CEO, Provincial Health Services Authority –

“Our healthcare support service staff work closely with clinical staff to provide high-quality care. They are a critical part of our team in making sure patients feel as comfortable and cared for as possible. I am delighted to be a part of celebrating these team members and the important work they do every day. As part of the larger team of healthcare professionals, they define what it means to be at the service of others in times of need, and I am truly grateful for their dedication and compassion.”

Vivian Eliopoulos, President and CEO, Vancouver Coastal Health –

“We are delighted to welcome our environmental and food services staff back to Vancouver Coastal Health. We greatly appreciate their contribution and truly value their commitment to meeting the needs of patients, clients and residents in our acute and community facilities.”

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Meena Brisard, secretary-business manager, Hospital Workers Union (HEU) –

“Four years ago, the BC government passed a law that changed the lives of many healthcare professionals in BC. Reuniting them with the healthcare team is where they belong. Their return home also reverses the two decades of privatization that has shattered our healthcare system and devastated the lives of thousands of workers, mostly racialized and women.”

Aida Costelo, housekeeper, Langley Memorial Hospital –

“It was a big change for me when I came to Fraser Health. I got the best salary ever, the benefits are great and the Municipal Pension Plan is a bonus for me. It’s also less stressful than before. I’m so happy right now. Thanks to the BC government for making this change. thank you.”

Darcy Leeworthy, food service worker, Royal Jubilee Hospital –

“Our work plays a critical role in providing the best possible care to patients at our hospital. Over the past year we have felt valued and our contributions appreciated more than ever. We are proud to be part of the Island Health team.”

Tom Wong, head of catering, Holy Family Hospital –

“I’m excited to have the opportunity to work even more closely with the rest of the healthcare team to provide exceptional assistance to those staying at the facility.”

Nathapriya Thayaal, cleaning assistant, Mount Saint Joseph’s Hospital –

“I’m happy to join Providence Health Care. I hope I get a better shift… and I’m also happy with our benefits. Thank you.”

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Hussein Rashid, housekeeping supervisor, BC Children’s and Women’s Hospital –

“The return of health care workers to PHSA was a very positive and welcomed change, not just for supervisors, but for all cleaners. I am proud to see how much has improved for these employees, including working conditions and the overall protection of our staff. On top of that, pay increases and additional benefits are greatly appreciated and have made our healthcare workers feel secure in their roles as integral and valued members of the PHSA healthcare team.”

Clarissa Hijab, housekeeper, Vancouver General Hospital –

“Housekeepers are very important for patient care and safety in our hospitals. It was a great relief for us that four years ago, the government passed Bill No. 47. We looked forward to the recognition of our important work. Being brought back to the public sector means we’re on the same team as everyone else in our hospital. It also means better protection and benefits for us.”

Cora Mojica, food service worker, Vancouver General Hospital –

“When workers and government work together, we can change things. Replacing these laws is a giant step towards restoring justice and fairness for healthcare workers and repairing the damage done to healthcare delivery. Today, HEU members reunite with their colleagues in hospital cleaning and catering services. “Bringing workers back into the public sector is a recognition of the vital role they play in our healthcare system, keeping patients safe and well cared for.”


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