PLANS LEAKED: CUT, CLOSE, RESTRUCTURE, PRIVATIZE. Leaked government plans call for the consolidation of services into 30-50 super hospitals and a massive privatization of clinical and support services, the closure of the LHINs and Cancer Care Ontario. Layoﬀs on a massive level are threatened.
There has been no consultation with any of the organizations representing doctors, nurses or healthcare support staﬀ or with the general public.
The leaked documents set out an aggressive timeline, including forcing legislation by March, with almost no time for public consultation.
The leadership of the Ontario Council of Hospital Unions/CUPE has adopted an action plan to meet the threat and will work with the Ontario Health Coalition and other unions and community groups to push back this plan to sell our healthcare system.
The restructuring of previous governments was not implemented in the face of vigorous resistance The Harris government tried to privatize land ambulance services and cancer care in the 1990’s. Both of these projects were defeated by on the ground organizing.
Many restructuring and privatization initiatives of the Liberal government were set back by community campaigns.
When the Conservative government campaigned in the 2018 election they did not ask for a mandate for to cut, close, restructure and privatize health services.
Our challenge is to mobilize our membership and the public and to set back these plans to undermine the delivery of healthcare.
We have done it before. We can do it now.
The Executive Committee of the Ontario Council of Hospital Unions/CUPE.
A MILITANT RESPONSE IS NEEDED TO MEET THE THREAT TO PATIENT CARE “ OCHU/CUPEThe ﬁrst step is to inform our members about the threat to the delivery of healthcare services posed by the plans of the PC government.
Local Leaders’ Briefing:
A teleconference call for local union executive members and stewards will be held on Monday February 11 at 7 pm
We will review the restructuring that the government has planned and talk about the actions that the allies of the health care system propose to protect it.
We will provide a teleconference number to all local presidents.
A teleconference call for members will be held on February 19 at 7 p.m. All members will be called at home.
ACTION PLAN TO FIGHT THE RESTRUCTURING:
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How can we build Labour Power in Durham Region? Save the Date for an important upcoming discussion on how we can work together to fight back, make gains, and build solidarity. Much more info to come including Agenda, Location, how to RSVP and a pre-survey. This meeting is open to any union/labour leadership, activists, political action chairs in our area!
Under the Doug Ford government, there is a lot at stake for labour and communities throughout Ontario.
Labour and community allies must be at the forefront of the Ford Resistance.
On Tuesday, March 19, the Ontario Federation of Labour and the Durham Region Labour Council are hosting a Regional Activation Meeting in Oshawa. We are inviting all labour and community activists and leaders across the Durham Region.
Whether we are fighting for decent work, in support of public education, against cuts and the privatization of public services, or to standing against hate, labour’s vibrancy and activism remain critical to protecting and advancing collective bargaining rights, public services and social justice.
We have fought and won before. We will do it again. Let’s get organized to win!
The regional activation meeting will:
If you love the Oshawa Santa Claus Parade like we do, then please join us and volunteer – we’ll definitely find a spot for enthusiastic Santa lovers. CUPE 218 and Durham Northumberland CUPE District Council are looking for helpers for this event. Check it out!!!
Happy Labour Day to all! Now more than ever, we need to talk about how unions have strengthened the middle class and worked to even the playing field. And we need to continue organizing and bargaining forward even in tough times, not only for unions but for EVERYONE. Thank you to all the volunteers and activists with CUPE Council who helped make today’s event at Memorial Park in Oshawa truly amazing! Solidarity!
CUPE Ontario is a proud partner of the We Have Your Back Coalition, which is asking you to share messages of support for children, youth, and educators on the first day back to school on September 4th to let them know that we #haveyourback in the face of Doug Ford’s assault on modern sex education.
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