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Health workers demonstrate in Moncton

More than 200 CUPE members march in protest of privatization

12:28 PM AT CBC News

More than 200 unionized hospital workers demonstrated in Moncton Friday over the provincial government's plans to privatize the management of non-medical services.

Health Minister Victor Boudreau announced the move last week, saying it could save millions of dollars, but may mean job losses.

The targeted support services include porters and orderlies, as well as maintenance and food service workers.

The marchers included support workers, licensed practical nurses (LPNs) and lab workers.

The Canadian Union of Public Employees members started at Crown Plaza at noon and proceeded to Moncton City Hall, where Norman Robinson, of the New Brunswick Council of Hospital Unions, addressed the crowd.

"We have statistics from across the world and across Canada to show that when private companies come in, they do things cheaper, which is going to increase the amounts of infections in hospitals," said Robinson.

"People are going to die," he said.

Boudreau has said the employees doing the work will remain unionized, public-sector workers, but there may be fewer of them.

The government is currently negotiating with a private company, but Boudreau could not say when the new management system will be put in place.

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CUPE rep angry with hospital service management privatization

Province says the move will save millions, but will likely mean job losses

CBC News Posted: Apr 24, 2015 10:53 PM AT Last Updated: Apr 24, 2015 10:53 PM AT

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A union representative for non-medical services in the province's hospitals says he's frustrated with the government's decision to privatize the management of some hospital services.

Health Minister Victor Boudreau announced Thursday that the province is negotiating with a private, for-profit company to take over management of hospital operations such as food services and cleaning. These areas are currently managed in-house.

Boudreau says the move could save the province millions of dollars, but it would likely mean job losses.

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N.B. to contract out management of some hospital services

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N.B. Health Minister Victor Boudreau says the outsourcing process was started by the previous Progressive Conservative government.

Published Thursday, April 23, 2015 4:35PM ADT
Last Updated Thursday, April 23, 2015 4:57PM ADT

FREDERICTON -- The New Brunswick government has begun negotiating with a company to take over management of dietary services, housekeeping and porters in the province's hospitals, which a union says is the first step to the privatization of health care.

Read more: N.B. to contract out management of some hospital services

Some hospital services to be privatized, Victor Boudreau announces

Move could save millions, but mean job losses in areas such as food, cleaning, health minister says

CBC News Posted: Apr 23, 2015 4:43 PM AT Last Updated: Apr 23, 2015 4:43 PM AT

The New Brunswick government is moving to privatize the management of non-medical services in the province's hospitals, which could save millions of dollars, but mean job losses, according to Health Minister Victor Boudreau.

He announced Thursday that the government is currently negotiating with a private company to take over areas such as food services and cleaning.

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Health Minister Victor Boudreau could not say how soon non-medical hospital services, such as food and cleaning, will be privatized. (Jacques Poitras/CBC)

Boudreau says a request for proposals was launched under the previous Progressive Conservative government, but stalled last summer. Now, the Liberals are moving ahead with the process and have picked a bidder.

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Things not as bad as politicians would have you believe

DAVID COON COMMENTARY
March 5, 2015

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Green party Leader and MLA David Coon reacts to the throne speech in this file photo.
Photo: Stephen MacGillivray/The Daily Gleaner

“The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed – and hence clamorous to be led to safety – by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.” H.L. Mencken
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New Brunswick’s financial situation is nowhere near as frightening as some would have you believe. There is no question that we have challenges.

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Message from our President

Provincial Labour Forum Update

On January 23rd I attended the Labour Forum with Premier Gallant, Health Minister, Victor Boudreau, and Minister of Human Resources, Denis Landry along with all public sector Unions attending.

What I am about to share with you is a snap shot of what was said and what is to be expected in the months to come and the Pre-budget meetings happening in the next three weeks.

Read more: Message from our President

Flemming says ‘talk is cheap,’ urges government to repurpose hospitals

ADAM HURAS Telegraph-Journal
January 26, 2015

FREDERICTON  • Former Health Minister Ted Flemming says “talk is cheap” – urging the Liberal government to move on the idea of closing rural hospitals in order to repurpose them as nursing homes or health clinics.

Read more: Flemming says ‘talk is cheap,’ urges government to repurpose hospitals