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Alberta, Oct 14 (Canadian-Media): Tyler Shandro, Alberta Health Minister said during a news conference Oct 13, that Alberta Health Services (AHS) plans to lay off between 9,700 and 11,000 employees, mostly working in laboratory, linen, cleaning and in-patient food services, by outsourcing these jobs to the private companies.
Tyler Shandro. Image credit: Twitter handle
According to the proposed plan to eliminate of up to 10,300 full-time equivalent positions, including hundreds of nursing and clinical support positions, would impact as many as 16,700 full- and part-time employees through layoffs and job displacement.
Vice-president Susan Slade Alberta of Union of Provincial Employees (AUPE) -- representing more than 60,000 AHS employees including licensed practical nurses, health-care aides, and housekeeping and kitchen staff -- said that members are already planning the strike action.
The United Nurses of Alberta (UNA), proposal to postpone these layoffs until a new collective agreement was reached, was rejected by AHS.