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Campbell’s War on the HEU (Health care Employees Union)
Health care employees Union. Premier Campbell of BC has treated them so badly it is hard
He tore up the HEU contract years before it expired.
He unilaterally rolled by the cost of living allowance and made it retroactive.
Employess were forced to give back money they had already been paid and had already
He rolled back wages by 15% and made that retroactive
He pushed through a bill in an unprecedented single all night sitting of the
legistlature that made it illegal to strike, even if essential services were preserved.
He did this before even starting negotiations. He did not give even his own
MLAs (Member of the Legislative Assemblies)
time to read the bill before they were force to vote on it.
Campbell justifies this by saying that health care workers are the best paid in
Canada. They have to be. Rents are highest here. In Manitoba you can rent a whole house
a month. In BC, the cheapest apartment is
a month. After the rollbacks the BC wages are
per hour lower on average than in Ontario.
If Campbell were heading a business and had pulled these stunts, he would be in jail
for fraud and theft. The chickens came home to roost with a general strike 2004-05-03.