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“I’ve been aware of a number of illegal strikes taking place in hospitals and health care settings across the province.
“Government’s primary concern is ensuring the health and wellbeing of patients, which has been put at risk this morning.
“Alberta spends 42% of its budget on health – which has increased 17% since 2015. Health spending is at record highs and is expected to be $20.9 billion this year – this does not include $769 million earmarked specifically for COVID-19.
“Alberta Health Services is taking immediate action with the Alberta Labour Relations Board to end this illegal activity. Those involved in this illegal action will be held accountable.
“My expectation is that all unions respect the bargaining process, stop putting Albertans’ safety at risk and abide by the law.”