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Frontline Workers on Strike: The Battle for Health and Fairness at Regent Park Community Health Centre

BySamantha Nguyen

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

The Regent Park Community Health Centre is facing a crisis, as its community health care workers were forced to go on strike two weeks ago. These workers, who are members of OPSEU/SEFPO Local 5115, are on the frontlines of the poisoned drug epidemic and provide essential services such as overdose prevention programs, support for addictions and homelessness, and primary health care.

On Thursday, April 4th, a news conference and rally will be hosted by these 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.

Despite their critical role in addressing the health needs of the community, which largely consists of racialized individuals with precarious status in a mid-to-low income area, these workers have had 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. They are demanding better wages, benefits, and a psychologically safe work environment.

The staff at RPCHC is underpaid within the health care sector, leading to recruitment and retention challenges. After five months of bargaining, the employer has not prioritized the needs of clients and workers, resulting in an ongoing strike that threatens to disrupt essential services provided by these frontline workers.

By Samantha Nguyen

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