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Ten more health science workers walk off the job in Saskatoon

Health sciences union not required to say who joined strike
Reported by Bre McAdam
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About 10 additional health sciences workers have walked off the job in Saskatoon Thursday, as day two of a health sciences strike continues in the Saskatoon Health Region.

However, the health region's director of employee relations, Karen Newman, says the region was not given the names of those workers. That's because the health sciences union isn't required to do so.

"I believe they're saying that because we're changing the lists, they have no way of telling us who those employees are, but we're changing the lists and we're adding and removing because we have the obligation to advise them of that," said Newman.

Newman points out the initial list of names from the union was given to the health region back in January.

"We're a large region and we have many, many staff changes that occur throughout the time," said Newman, adding that the whole process poses a bit of a challenge.

"The services are constantly having to go back and review who's showing up and who's not coming to work."

Thursday's walk-offs consisted mostly of infection control practitioners.

First reported on Thursday, May 12, 2011 at 3:00 p.m.

Edited by News Talk Radio's Michael Aynsley