HEU members arguing against privatizing IHA laundry services hold day of action

By Jessica Lepp
February 28, 2016 - 11:38am Updated: February 29, 2016 - 1:44pm

KAMLOOPS — Members of the Hospital Employees Union will be holding a day of action tomorrow as the decision to privatize laundry services across the Interior Health Authority looms.

HEU Secretary-Business Manager Jennifer Whiteside says the day of action is in advance of the IHA's board meeting on Tuesday.

“Our message is to again put the issue front and centre in peoples minds that this issue still hasn't been resolved. There are still 175 decent family supporting jobs. People who work day in and day out in our public health care system to ensure patients and residents have clean and sterile linens.

A decision on contracting out hospital laundry services is expected to be delivered in March

Last year IHA announced it would seek bids from the private sector to take over all or part of its laundry operations at five major hospitals including Royal Inland Hospital.

The decision has been delayed several times.


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