Nelson laundry workers protest privatization plans

Members of the Hospital Employees Union held a street-side demonstration Tuesday in front of the Nelson courthouse.

Nelson laundry workers protest privatization plans

Members of the Hospital Employees Union held a street-side demonstration Tuesday in front of the Nelson courthouse to protest Interior Health’s plans to contract out laundry services at Kootenay Lake Hospital.

Local HEU chair Sophia Dricos (pictured at right) said they are still fighting for their jobs but don’t expect a final decision before December. Last month, the health authority announced it was delaying an announcement on whether to proceed.

Dricos said they’re hoping new Interior Health CEO Chris Mazurkewich will abandon privatization plans, which could result in 175 job losses in 11 cities and towns. Demonstrations were also held this week in Kamloops, Kelowna, 100 Mile House, and Penticton.