03/13/2012 04:09 EDT | Updated 05/13/2012 05:12 EDT

Saskatchewan laundry workers worried health regions eye privatization

REGINA - Laundry workers for Regina's hospitals say they're stunned by word that health regions are considering privatizing services.

The union representing 130 employees admits the Regina location is starting to show its age.

But the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union argues the Regina region is too large to be without its own facility.

Health regions are looking at updating or rebuilding existing facilities, consolidating services to a few larger sites or contracting to the private sector as a solution for the aging facilities.

The move comes after the Saskatoon Health Region closed its central laundry plant last November after a hoist fell from the ceiling.

Recommendations for a provincial laundry solution are expected in early fall.