Aylward welcomes end of Canadian Blood Services lockout

Stratford – The end of the lockout of local workers by Canadian Blood Services is welcome news to Stratford-Kinlock MLA and Opposition Health Critic James Aylward.

“After nearly a year of being locked out of their jobs I’m pleased that the many Islanders who take the time to donate blood will be able to resume the service. The local workers were seeking fair and modest changes that shouldn’t have resulted in a lockout of nearly a whole year by the employer. The lack of leadership by the MacLauchlan government in helping reach a timely solution between the parties was also disappointing,” said Aylward.

Local blood collection workers of Canadian Blood Services on Prince Edward were locked out of their jobs in September 2015 as part of a contract dispute with their employer over issues which included guaranteed minimum hours for part-time workers. A total of eleven part-time employees were directly affected by the nearly year-long lockout, along with Islanders indirectly affected by reduced opportunity to donate blood. 

“Donating blood can literally mean the gift of life for Islanders in an urgent health situation. The blood collection services offered locally by these workers helps strengthen the health services that Islanders can access locally. I encourage those able to give blood to consider making a donation to help improve the health of all Islanders,” said Aylward.

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