Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU)

Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU)

March 27, 2007 14:21 ET

OPSEU: St. Joseph's Regional Mental Health Care Workers Say Job Cuts Could be Avoided

LONDON, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - March 27, 2007) - The elimination of 34 jobs at St Joseph's Health Care in London could have been avoided, the Ontario Public Service Employees Union says.

OPSEU representatives say the hospital refused to discuss alternatives with the union prior to issuing layoff notices to twenty-nine registered practical nurses at the mental health facility, plus five staff of the home oxygen program (three respiratory therapists and two service technicians), at the General Hospital.

The union says these layoffs will mean another blow to mental health services in the London region.

"St. Joseph's won't even discuss the matter of layoffs and their possible impact on patient care," said Kim Anderson, president of Local 152 of the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU), representing 1,300 employees.

"The Ministry has already rapped this hospital on the knuckles for its allocation of funds. Now they are announcing more layoffs, and this inevitably means more service cuts," said Anderson.

Regional Mental Health Care London and St. Thomas provide specialized mental health services through inpatient and outpatient programs to 13 counties in Southwestern Ontario.

Contact Information

    Kim Anderson
    union office: (519) 631-8510 ext. 49500
    cell: (519) 765-8660
    Rob Kinnear
    London Regional Office: (519) 649-7770
    Website: www.opseu.org