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Health science professionals applaud government plan

Union president says increased training spaces will help address shortage of x-ray technologists but more needs to be done

The Health Science Association of BC, the province's third largest health care union, is pleased that the provincial government's new health care strategy includes a plan to train more x-ray technologists.

HSA president Cindy Stewart says the plan demonstrates that the government has been listening to the concerns of health professionals who provide diagnostic services but she emphasizes that more needs to be done.

Shortage of health science professionals creates crisis in BC communities

British Columbia's acute shortage of health science professionals is leaving some BC communities without access to critical health services. Physiotherapy, pharmacy, radiation therapy and ultrasound are just some of the professions where shortages are particularly severe.

To raise awareness about this growing problem, the Health Sciences Association of British Columbia (HSA) is launching a province-wide campaign calling on government, health authorities and post-secondary institutions to act quickly.

Health science professionals identify wages as top bargaining priority for 2001

A wage increase will be the top priority when BC's 10,000 health science professionals head to the bargaining table early next year.

Cindy Stewart, President of the Health Sciences Association of BC (HSA) says that members of her union sent a clear message during the union's three-day bargaining conference held this week in Vancouver.

Health professionals call for national strategy on shortages

VANCOUVER - An interprovincial meeting of unions representing more than 75,000 health care professionals wrapped up an annual two-today conference today by calling for a national strategy to address the Canada-wide shortage of health professionals and the growing trend toward privatization.

BC's health unions demonstrate against private health care

Joint news release from HEU, BCNU, BCGEU and HSA

Health care workers and other medicare advocates in B.C. joined thousands of demonstrators across Canada today to demand immediate action by Ottawa to stop privatization of medicare.

-We are on the brink of Canadas biggest medical emergency ever," Jim Sinclair, president of the B.C. Federation of Labour, warned a huge crowd outside the provincial Ministry of Health building in Victoria.

Tentative settlement reached in community social services sector

A plan to end wage and benefit discrimination, employment security and protection of contracts through successorship are key elements of a tentative settlement reached late last night between the four unions representing 10,000 community social services workers and the Community Social Services Employers' Association.

Talks resume Monday

The four unions representing 10,000 striking community social services workers have agreed to return to the bargaining table on Monday, May 17, 1999 in an effort to reach a contract settlement.

The unions agreed to resume bargaining at the request of mediator/facilitator Don Munroe, who advised them that he has had extensive discussions with the unions and the employers' bargaining representative over the last two weeks and believes the conditions are right for both sides to re-engage in the process of collective bargaining.

Striking community social services workers to rally in Vancouver

MEDIA ADVISORY

Striking community social services workers, angry and frustrated at the government's continued refusal to end wage and benefit discrimination in the sector, will hold a noon-hour rally tomorrow, May 13, in Vancouver.

The rally will be held:
12 noon
Thursday, May 13, 1999
Library Square (southwest corner at Homer and Robson)