Region Contacts

Region 1 Office (Former Local 5111)

1291-100th Street
North Battleford, SK S9A 0W4
Phone: 445-6433 
Fax: 446-2405


Region 2 Office (former Local 4777)

215-16th Street West
Prince Albert, SK S6V 3V4
Phone: 922-0600 
Fax: 763-8915 


Region 3 Office (former Local 3967)

1651 Park Street 
Regina, SK S4N 5A2 
Phone: 757-7925 
Fax: 757-6959


Region 4 Office (former Local 5999)

46 – 3rd Street
Weyburn, SK
S4H 0V9
Phone: (306) 842-1559
Fax: (306) 842-1560


Region 5 Office (former Local 4980)

180 A Broadway West
Yorkton, Saskatchewan S3N 1E2
Phone: (306) 783-1396
Fax: (306) 783-1398

1651 Park Street, Regina, SK S4N 5A2 306-546-2185



Privatized hospital cleaning linked to rise in superbug infection

A study from the United Kingdom links privatized hospital cleaning to higher rates of a dangerous drug-resistant superbug.

The wide-ranging research tracked how often patients were infected with methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in UK facilities, and whether the facility had public or privatized cleaning services.

Researchers looked at 126 hospital trusts (the public bodies that run hospitals in the UK). The result: contracted-out cleaning meant a “significantly greater incidence of MRSA” than facilities with in-house cleaning.

The researchers say it would be “surprising” if rates at facilities with outsourced cleaning weren’t also higher for other infections.

The study is fresh evidence for CUPE members working to keep cleaning services public. Our members in New Brunswick are warning about the consequences of privatizing hospital support services. In Ontario, CUPE hospital workers are campaigning for more staff and an end to privatization, to stop preventable deaths from hospital-acquired infections.

The true cost of contracting out must factor in the human and financial costs of MRSA infection for patients and the health care system – an area the authors say needs more research.

The authors conclude that “as far as cleaning services are concerned, it matters who does it.”

Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have all either rejected or reversed privatized cleaning. 

About CUPE Local 5430

CUPE Local 5430 is the largest health care union in Saskatchewan, representing over 13,600 members. We represent a wide range of health care providers in five major classification areas: clerical, technical, nursing, support and plant operations. Together, we each contribute to the well-being of hospital patients, long-term care residents and home care clients.

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