Hospital laundry workers deliver petition to province in attempt to save jobs

KAMLOOPS – Members of the Hospital Employees’ Union took stand on the steps of the provincial legislature in an attempt to save almost 200 jobs.

Yesterday morning, May 14, the laundry workers presented a petition of over 12,000 signatures to three NDP MLAs including opposition health critic Judy Darcy prior to it being tabled during Question Period.

The Interior Health Authority plans to privatize hospital laundry services in 11 communities, contracting services out to private bidders in the Lower Mainland and Alberta.

Kamloops city council passed a motion to write a letter to Interior Health showing their support for laundry workers. Royal Inland Hospital was one of the laundries expected to be contracted out.

The union is asking the agency to make a $10 million, 10-year investment to upgrade and replace equipment.

Interior Health asked for bids in February and is expected to make a decision later this summer.

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