LETTER: Laundry move is bullying

The Interior Health administration should give their heads a shake.

Re: “Nelson hospital laundry to be privatized”

The Interior Health administration should give their heads a shake. Nelson is losing its ability to hire or maintain a work promotion atmosphere. Interior Health bullies their way trying to shut down the laundry facilities, at Kootenay Lake Hospital. There is no compassion for taking jobs away from dedicated staff that are there to keep the linens and towels squeaky clean and provide the required sanitization for the elderly and people who are admitted to the hospital.

If there are problems with aging equipment it’s because no one in administration has the foresight to ensure replacements and scheduled and not let the equipment get rusty and worn because of repeated use. If the IHA is using productivity as an issue, have there been any additional training for the staff on how to achieve better productivity? People normally want to do a good job and get recognition for a good job, and unless you can provide annual employee evaluation sheets, where was the leadership?

Interior Health is totally ignoring good human and labour relations, and losing sight of the big picture forNelson. It’s time the IHA was taken to court and the anti-bullying program tested. Alberta’s highways system was privatized and the standards have suffered because there is a reluctance to provide quality control. Is the IHA going to allow dirty laundry and increased infections to be the standard?

Give your head a shake. There is no justification for paying someone at the top in excess of $200,000 annually and bullying on-site workers by insulting their abilities, holding back employee recognition, and threatening job loss. Interior Health has taken bullying to the extreme.

R. Johnson, Nelson

 

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