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Regent Park Community Health Centre Strike Highlights the Crisis Facing Healthcare Workers Amid Ongoing Pandemic

BySamantha Jones

Apr 3, 2024
Press Release: Regent Park Community Health Care Workers to Host News Conference and Rally Addressing Crisis in Regent Park

The ongoing strike at the Regent Park Community Health Centre (RPCHC) highlights the crisis facing health care workers in the community. These workers, who are members of OPSEU/SEFPO Local 5115, have been on strike for two weeks after their employer failed to offer a fair deal. These frontline workers are fighting for better wages, benefits, and a safe work environment.

Despite their critical role in addressing the poisoned drug epidemic and providing essential services such as overdose prevention programs, support for addictions and homelessness, and primary health care, these workers have been struggling with frozen wages for nearly six years and benefits that have not been increased for 30 years. This has made it difficult for them to afford living in the city where they work.

On Thursday, April 4, a news conference and rally will be hosted by community health care workers to discuss the impact of the health care crisis on vulnerable clients and to call on RPCHC management to end the strike. Solidarity guests from other striking workers and OPSEU/SEFPO Local 535 will also be present.

The Regent Park Community Health Centre was established over 50 years ago to address the health needs of the community, which largely consists of racialized individuals with precarious status in a mid to low-income area. These workers provide essential services that are critical to the well-being of the community. However, despite their important role, these workers continue to face challenges such as underpayment within the healthcare sector leading to recruitment and retention issues.

After five months of bargaining with their employer, these workers have not seen any progress towards resolving their demands for better wages, benefits, and working conditions. As a result of this stalemate, they were forced to take action by going on strike.

This crisis highlights how crucial it is for healthcare providers like RPCHC to prioritize both their clients’ needs as well as those of their employees. It is time for RPCHC management to come back to the bargaining table with a fair deal that meets the needs of both parties involved.

The ongoing strike serves as a reminder that when healthcare providers fail to prioritize their employees’ well-being it can lead to serious consequences such as shortages of skilled healthcare professionals in critical roles like this one at RPCHC.

By Samantha Jones

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