SEIU Canada (Service Employees International Union - Canada)

SEIU Canada (Service Employees International Union - Canada)

December 16, 2008 12:12 ET

SEIU Says "No" to Competitive Bidding

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 16, 2008) - The Ontario government's commitment to quality home care is undermined by their decision to maintain a system of competitive bidding for home care contracts says Cathy Carroll, Secretary Treasurer for Service Employees International Union, Local 1.

"Patients deserve the best possible care we can deliver but the current system of competitive bidding makes that impossible. The plan may be new but the status quo - competitive bidding - hasn't changed and will continue to fail people who rely on home care services," said Carroll.

Since the government first began awarding home care contracts under a system of "competitive bidding" they have been forced - twice - to impose a moratorium on the process due to public outcry. The process often drives long-term home care providers out of the community, and drives down wages making retention of quality staff difficult.

SEIU has been working with all stakeholders to improve the quality of care to patients and to ensure quality of work for personal support workers and home care providers. Home care is an important industry that will more than double as the population ages.

"We look forward to sitting down with the Minister of Health, the Minister of Labor, the CCACs and personal support workers to create a plan that works 100% for all involved," said Carroll.

Contact Information

  • SEIU Canada
    Pat Chastang
    Media Relations
    (416) 709-0501
    or
    SEIU Canada
    Cathy Carroll
    Secretary Treasurer
    (905) 660-1800
    Website: www.seiu.ca