The unions representing well being care suppliers in Saskatchewan are questioning the creation of the Saskatchewan Well being Care Recruitment Company.
“That is simply one other layer of bureaucratic smoke and mirrors. The federal government is underneath strain to do one thing – however as an alternative of implementing precise applications they created this Crown company,” stated Bashir Jalloh, President of CUPE 5430. “The Saskatchewan Well being Authority (SHA) already has sources and a strong out-of-scope workforce, a few of whom are devoted to workforce planning and human sources. They’re funded by and directed by the Ministry of Well being. Why do they want one other construction to do the job of recruitment and retention?”
This entity is “new”, however the individuals assigned as Chair and Vice-Chair are Tracey Smith, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Well being and Andrew Will, CEO of the SHA. This doesn’t appear unbiased of the events that needs to be charged with recruiting and retaining well being care staff.
“Over the previous variety of years, our unions have constantly tried to debate recruitment and retention methods, however the Authorities of Saskatchewan didn’t take heed to us,” stated Tracey Sauer, SGEU President. “Including extra seats in teaching programs, growing compensation, and making certain trip time and work-life steadiness is honoured are methods so as to add and hold workers. A brand new company isn’t going to assist if we don’t tackle the problems at hand.”
Additional, this new Crown company has in its mandate to do their recruitment and retention work in “collaboration and coordination with provincial and native stakeholders akin to native foundations, native well being committees, and municipal leaders.” It doesn’t seem that well being care professionals and unions are going to be a part of the collaboration.
“Well being care professionals know methods to clear up this disaster,” stated Neil Colmin, SEIU-West Vice-President. “The well being care supplier unions have been calling for recruitment and retention initiatives and have supplied concepts for higher, extra secure staffing, all of which has fallen on deaf ears. Each suggestion previously eight years has been rejected.”
The supplier unions have been calling for extra full-time everlasting work, training and certification alternatives in rural communities, consultant workforce initiatives, and utilizing the provisions of the collective settlement like market dietary supplements and market changes to draw staff.