For Immediate Release
October 29, 2012
NSGEU MEMBERS GETTING KICKED TO THE CURB
“Just like garbage,” was how I felt said Murray MacNeil, a counsellor attendant in detox on October 24 when termination notice was given to him and 5 other full time employees of addiction services.
These Counsellor Attendants with their 95 years combined knowledge, training & experience, in the addiction field received this devastating verdict from Director of Mental Health & Addictions Linda Courey.
Dr. Corey stated since taking over as Director, three years ago, “making these jobs redundant was part of our plan.” While at the same time these counsellor attendants received repeated assurances their jobs were safe. Assurances that came from John Malcolm, former CEO CBDHA, the Human Resource Department and Dr. Courey herself.
“To even imply through all of our training and experience that we do not always put the best interests of our clients first is an insult to every individual who has ever been impacted in any way by addiction,” says Margaret Graham, detox counsellor attendant.
“Our role positively impacts the people we serve. Our MODEL OF CARE has always been about what is best for our clients. We want to continue to play a role in healthcare.”
DON’T STAND BY WHILE WE ARE KICKED TO THE CURB BY THE CAPE BRETON DISTRICT HEALTH AUTHORITY.