Labour and unions behind Dunedin Hospital food debacle

Anonymous masks?  Unions banners?  Labour MPs?  This has nothing to do with food.

It is just rent a crowd led by the unions and Labour.

About 300 people carrying signs with slogans including ‘Stop the slop’ staged a protest today about the quality of Dunedin Hospital food.

The protest, organised by the Real Meals Coalition, called on the Southern District Health Board to cancel its food service contract with the Compass Group.

The coalition was led by the Labour Party, Green Party and New Zealand First and included Unions Otago, Unions Southland and Grey Power Southland.

Police attended the protest.  

Compass has had a rocky start implementing new menus in meals on wheels, patient meals, and staff cafes in the South, but has said it has made improvements.

Chants included ”Kick Compass Out” and placards included ”Where’s Your Moral Compass”.

Invercargill Mayor Tim Shadbolt told the crowd Otago and Southland stood together to save neurosurgical services in 2010, and would win the fight against the poor quality hospital food.

No surprises who is ultimately behind the protests.

[The] protest will call for the Compass contract to be cancelled.

PSA Dunedin union organiser Julie Morton said, in spite of Compass’ claims that the standard of its food is high, the union was still getting the same level of complaints from both patients and staff in the city’s hospitals.

Ms Morton said she’d heard of one incident when a patient was served just a portion of mashed potato, due to errors in communication involving the new bedside ordering process.

All unions ever do is complain. They never have a solution…except for union staff to do the work.


– NZ Herald, RadioNZ

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