Health Minister Tyler Shandro said many management positions at Alberta Health Services would be cut and other jobs including those in the food services, community lab and laundry services will be outsourced.
Meanwhile, the Alberta Union of Provincial Employees blasted Shandro, saying his job killing plan threatens care and attacks healthcare heroes during a surging pandemic. The union says they will not let the UCP sell off 9,700 general support services and eliminate 800 clinical positions without a fight.
"This government ran on a platform of job creation and hasn't created any jobs, and in fact they've eliminated thousand of jobs -and it's shocking," says AUPE President, Guy Smith. "It's going to hurt rural Alberta really hard, because sometimes these jobs help support these communities. It certainly makes sure those workers have a roof over their head and food on the table. Seventy-five percent of them are women, many of them are new Canadians, many of them are singe parents, so losing these jobs is going to be devastating," says Smith, adding that the union is hearing from members across the province, "and they're angry."
AUPE says strike action is on the table if negotiations with the government break down.