And they wonder why they’ve been outsourced

The SWFU is now undertaking an illegal industrial action at Auckland Hospital after their members walked off the job after learning they have been outsourced.

Unionised food workers have walked off the job today at Auckland City Hospital in protest against a contracting-out decision they say will cost jobs and be bad for patients.

The Auckland, Counties Manukau and Waitemata district health boards announced today they had agreed to a proposal to increase the involvement of the Compass Group from next December in food preparation and delivery at public hospitals and clinics. The scheme is expected to save $80 million to $90 million over 15 years.

Auckland DHB said Compass already provided 44 per cent of patient meals in New Zealand, including those served at Waitemata and Counties DHBs. Of the three DHBs, Auckland, whose food services are currently provided in-house, will impose the most changes.

Its chief executive Ailsa Claire said there would be no kitchen closures and all DHB food service staff would be offered the opportunity to transfer their employment to Compass on their existing terms and conditions.

So, they are keeping their jobs, just transferring to a new employer with the same terms and conditions…tell me again why they are now conducting an illegal strike?

Ms Claire’s media liaison officer said no jobs were being lost. When asked how money could be saved if no jobs were not being lost, he said, “I don’t think that detail is something we can release yet.”

No jobs lost…tell me again why they are conducting an illegal strike?

It is little wonder that the DHBs have decided to outsource when you have unions conducting illegal strikes in a fit of pique.

 

 

– NZ Herald

 


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