Nfld. & Labrador

CUPE rallies against public-private partnership for Corner Brook nursing home

CUPE held a lunch hour rally in Corner Brook on Monday to show government it's not happy with the plan to build a new long-term care facility using public-private partnerships.
CUPE, which represents health care workers, held a lunch hour protest in Corner Brook on Monday to focus attention on plans for the city's new nursing home. (Gary Moore/CBC)

The Canadian Union of Public Employees rallied Monday against the plan to use a public-private partnership to build a new long term care facility in Corner Brook.

"Once you open a crack in the door, the door is open then and then there's room for all kinds of privatization to come in," said CUPE president Wayne Lucas.

The Newfoundland and Labrador government announced in January that a private company will build the Corner Brook long-term care home, but it will be staffed by public sector workers. 

CUPE, which represents some health care workers in the province, demanded more information about how that would work.

"We have nothing against the private sector," said Lucas. "But when they build it, they build it for a profit."​

"My concern is to get a facility built for seniors," said the MHA for Humber–Bay of Islands, Eddie Joyce, who was at the rally Monday to answer union criticism. 

"There are 43 seniors in acute care beds," he said, a problem that has long plagued the Western Memorial Hospital. 

Construction is expected on the new long-term care facility in the fall of 2017.


Gary Moore

CBC News

Gary Moore is a video journalist based in Fredericton.