Ford rallying premiers to call for large increase in federal health transfers
Ontario Premier Doug Ford’s top priority at Monday’s meeting of provincial and territorial leaders is to push the federal government to boost its annual health care transfers to the provinces — and this time, there are signs the Liberals are not ruling it out. Ford is expected to rally premiers to again call on Ottawa to increase the health care escalator — the annual increase to the health-care transfer — to 5.2 per cent from the current three per cent."We agreed in Saskatchewan at the COF (Council of the Federation) meeting that we need an increase to 5.2 per cent.
The R2.7bn two-year restructuring of its 11 shafts, which form the heart of the company, was met with withering criticism from Mineral Resources Minister and former general secretary of the National Union of Mineworkers Gwede Mantashe, who accused Implats of “ arrogance ” and working against the
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Alberta NDP Opposition Leader Rachel Notley accused Premier Jason Kenney of arrogance Monday after public sector unions were put on notice last week that thousands of workers may lose their jobs over the next three years.
At a joint Edmonton news conference with the United Nurses of Alberta (UNA) and the Health Sciences Association of Alberta (HSAA), Notley said the job losses could affect 8,000 paramedics, lab technicians, registered nurses, licensed practical nurses and other health-care workers.
Unions told thousands more job cuts coming to Alberta public service
Nearly 6,000 Alberta public-sector jobs could be eliminated as the UCP government tries to cut costs and find efficiencies, the provincial government signalled to unions in letters released late Friday afternoon. The unions received the letters in advance of bargaining for 2020 collective agreements. The letters are not formal notices of layoffs, but as required under the collective bargaining process, outline cuts the provincial government might make.
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The cuts have prompted widespread condemnation from health care workers including doctors from the Alberta Medical Association who have called the cuts "deeply concerning." Notley has called for an emergency debate in the legislature over the UCP's plan to eliminate the positions
Kenney didn't say he intended to fire nurses, close hospital beds and privatize lab and ambulance services during the election campaign, Notley said.
"The outcry since Friday is real."
On Saturday, hundreds of teachers, nurses and other public sector workers protested outside the Calgary hotel where Kenney's United Conservative Party was holding its annual general meeting.
Kenney made a quip about the protest in his keynote speech to UCP members hours later, remarking, "I'm reminded of what premier Ralph Klein used to say. 'If a day goes by and there's not a protest, I'm wondering what I'm doing wrong."
Kenney was ridiculing and diminishing protesters, Notley said.
"To Jason Kenney, I will say, 'This is not a joke," she said. "And the arrogance of laughing away people who may lose their jobs … that is a new level of arrogance, a new level of disregard for the majority of Albertans."
NDP call for emergency debate following layoff announcements from Alberta Health Services
On Saturday, the official Opposition says these job losses will be a direct violation of a promise that Kenney made on the campaign trail. "The premier stood in front of the TV cameras this past spring and signed a giant placard saying that he would not endanger healthcare in the province of Alberta."Jason Kenney lied to Albertans, he's breaking his promise," Shepherd said. READ MORE: UCP Leader Jason Kenney wants to explore private health-care options Shepherd is referencing a promise that has been circulating on social media that Premier Kenney made during the provincial election campaign.
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UNA president Heather Smith said Friday's letters to the unions shows the UCP government wants to privatize some parts of the health-care system.
In the letter to the nurses' union, Alberta Health Services (AHS) raised the prospect of "reconfiguring services provided at some smaller sites."
"What smaller sites are those?" Smith asked. "I'm sure some people in rural Alberta would like to know, Mr. Premier. What sites are being targeted and what services are being targeted?"
The HSAA was told AHS subsidiary Alberta Precision Laboratories plans to contract some public lab services to private providers, which could affect at least 850 jobs. The government also told HSAA it is looking at privatizing ambulance services.
HSAA president Mike Parker said 3,000 EMTs could be affected if the government goes ahead with that change. Parker said union members will decide whether to take labour action against their employers.
Alberta premier asks public sector for collaboration amid talk of general strike
Premier Jason Kenney says threats of a general strike by public sector workers will not go over well with Albertans and he asked unions to take a step back and look at the province’s economy."I would plead with them to take a look at the general economic fiscal situation of this province," Kenney said at a news conference on Sunday.
The Scottish Labour leader has accused Nicola Sturgeon of being "utterly arrogant " by "declaring victory" in the Holyrood election before a vote has been cast. And she said a Scottish Labour government would invest £500m into primary care health services over the next five years, and that
The job cuts will affect production staff and come on top of 500 job losses at Scunthorpe as part of 2,000 cuts announced last month following a slump in demand for Wherever possible the company will seek voluntary redundancies, while at the same time ensuring that critical skills are retained.
"Our members are afraid. They have gone to school for many years to prepare for their careers to help Albertans," he said. "In no way did they prepare to harm Albertans. And that's what these job actions will do following cuts that are so extensive coming from this government."
The Alberta Union of Provincial Employees also received word on Friday of possible job cuts: 2,500 employees of the Government of Alberta, up to 3,000 general support workers employed by Alberta Health Services, and 400 licenced practical nurses and health-care aides employed by Alberta Health Services.
AUPE president Guy Smith said his members are preparing for the possibility of a strike early next year if collective bargaining is not successful.
"Obviously our goal is to get negotiated agreements at the bargaining table," Smith said at a news conference Monday afternoon. "But to be perfectly frank, what we've seen from this government ... they're obviously looking for a confrontation. I don't think we'll be able to get a deal at the negotiating table."
The NDP introduced a motion for an emergency debate on the cuts but failed to get the required unanimous consent of the House.
Alberta to expand use of private health-care facilities, weeks after announcing public sector cuts are coming .
The Alberta government announced Tuesday a new plan to reduce surgical wait times by funding an additional 80,000 surgeries over the next four years as it expands agreements with private facilities."We promised we would reduce surgical wait times, and we're delivering on that promise," said Health Minister Tyler Shandro as he announced the plan at the Southern Alberta Eye Center in Calgary.