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(en) Canada, Victoria, BC: HEU wildcat strike

From Worker <a-infos-en@ainfos.ca>
Date Tue, 24 Feb 2004 19:11:31 +0100 (CET)

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Hey, here is a brief report from a wildcat picket I was at this morning:
At 6:30am several members of the HEU [Hospital Employees Union] walked out
on a wildcat strike action with the active support and participation of the
Community Solidarity Coalition, anarchists, and concerned communtiy members.
A picket was erected at the Royal Jubilee Hospital where picketers admitted only
patients through. There was a heavy police presence of about two dozen, a large amount
considering there are about 64 on duty officers at any one time in Victoria. There were
some minor altercations with police, who tried to subtly break the line a few times,
but nothing major and all situations were diffused with no arrests and the integrity of
the line helde. Picketers then moved into the Hospital cafeteria.

The wildcat was in response to a move yesterday by the Provincial
Government to announce cutting 1,400 HEU positions, as part of a
continuing bid to break the union and de-unionize the healthcare
profession, contracting out essential services to private companies that
are non-unionized. This move comes as HEU is in the middle of collective
bargaining, and is a further attempt to break the union.

Any further questions, just ask... sorry for the haste of this email


- p.

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