The private company that provides transfer services at Lower Mainland hospitals fears it’s the patients who could be put at risk- amidst a simmering labour dispute.
The union representing more than 100 workers at SN Transport has served 72-hour strike notice.
“We certainly do not want to see patients put at risk.”
They get patients from bed to bed between hospitals, including the use of stretchers and wheelchairs, for medical treatment.
President Malcolm White says the company went to the Labour Relations board…
“We made application for 100% of the services for the hospitals to be deemed as an essential service.”
But that didn’t happen, only dialysis and cancer patient transfers have been deemed essential.
“I sincerely hope we can get this resolved.”
CUPE says while they are in a position to strike as of Sunday, a bargaining session is scheduled for Monday.