11/25/2012 03:50 EST | Updated 01/25/2013 05:12 EST

Burnaby care home halts plan to lay off workers

Seniors at a Burnaby care home won't be losing their unionized care workers — for now.

Earlier this month, a group of veterans and their families raised concerns about the quality of care at the George Derby Centre in Burnaby after the centre announced it would lay off about 90 employees in order to privatize.

But on Sunday the president of the care home's society, Ike Hall, announced a moratorium on the layoffs.

"The moratorium will stand for some time, I don't know for how long," he told CBC News.

"We're looking for anything and everything else so that we do not have to do that ... We've got the message loud and clear for the people, and mostly the families over the last two weeks that have just told us,'No. Anything but that. Please please don't do that,' and we heard that loud and clear."

Hall says the board of directors will resume direct talks with Veterans Affairs Canada and the Fraser Health Authority as soon as possible to try and press for increased funding.