In March, BCGEU President Stephanie Smith sent a letter to the Board Chair of the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) outlining her concerns about the violent working conditions our members are faced with at Forensic Psychiatric Hospital.
The letter referenced the 102 Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) inspection reports that have been filed, the 54 WCB orders that have been written in the last five years, and the $171,000 fine from WCB to your employer for failing to provide a safe workplace.
BCGEU President Smith received a reply to her letter, but your union is disappointed with PHSA’s response. PHSA board has failed to direct their immediate attention to the situation at your workplace, despite the increasingly dangerous and violent working conditions. Watch Stephanie Smith's video update from last week here.
We want to hear from you!
Do you agree with the PHSA response that the employer is "developing an engagement program to encourage and incentivize staff to identify safety hazards, offer solutions and participate in the implementation of safety solutions targeting these hazards"?
Do you feel that your employer consults with you? When you identify safety concerns and make suggestions on how to remove the hazard, do you feel heard? Have any of your suggestions been implemented?
Your union wants to hear from you. Reply to this email and please share with us your comments and stories so that President Smith can bring your concerns directly to the PHSA board meeting on June 29th. Your submissions will be kept completely confidential.
P.S. – See you next week at the Forensics Health & Safety Fair on Thursday, May 11th.
BCGEU reps will be stationed at the event from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. You will have the opportunity to talk with Jackie McGuire, your staff representative, and Wendy Mah, BCGEU OH&S rep at the BCGEU booth to learn more about health and safety and have a chance to win some swag!