|Victory! Home care competitive bidding halted
CUPE Ontario and other unions halt home care competitive bidding
Toronto- January 29/08- The McGuinty government has announced that it is halting the competitive bidding process for home care contracts across the province. The move comes less than two weeks after a massive home care rally in Hamilton supported by CUPE Ontario, CUPE 4800 and other unions was held to protest the disqualification of St Joseph's Home Care and Victorian Order of Nurses from the bidding process.
“This is a major outstanding victory. The government has backed down after years of campaigning by CUPE Ontario and its members that competitive bidding is a disastrous policy,” said CUPE Ontario President Sid Ryan. “The ramifications of this move are extremely significant for other initiatives like LHINs. It sets a precedent for further policy shifts that would move the McGuinty government off the notion of making a market out of the health care system.