LETTER: Privatization of laundry supports exploitation

"We need to support the unions that ensure fair working conditions and we need to support working people in our community."

Re: Mayor, MLA question privatization of Nelson hospital laundry service

I support Nelson city council’s efforts to resist the privatization of laundry services at Interior Health. These are 17 union jobs that support 17 families in our community by offering a living wage for the performance of physically demanding work that is essential to the health and safety of patients.

I know some of these workers and they take pride in the work they do. To support privatization of laundry services is to support the exploitation of female immigrant labourers who will be making at most minimum wage to do the same job.

We need to support the unions that ensure fair working conditions and we need to support working people in our community.

Tracy Punchard

Nelson