A private for-profit blood supply system is not welcome in Nova Scotia, and the provincial government should enact legislation as soon as possible to ensure private companies do not get to set up shop here. That was the main message at this morning’s press conference organized by unions, the Nova Scotia Health Coalition and Bloodwatch, an organization that advocates for a safe, voluntary, public blood system in Canada.
It’s always bad news when members of the same union cross a picket line. It happened in PEI this week.
Canadian Blood Services ignores the interests of its workers and donors, and not just in Charlottetown. Many believe it is affecting the safety of the blood supply.
Striking PEI blood collection workers yesterday rejected their employer’s non-offer. They have been on strike for seven months. “We’re showing everybody that you can stand up for yourself, no matter how large the corporation,” says their NSUPE local president.
Healthcare activists held an information picket on the risks of a for-profit blood supply system here in Nova Scotia. “The answer to shortages is not to start paying for it here, the answer is to implement a program to start collecting it on a volunteer basis.”