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Regent Park Community Crisis: Workers on Strike for Fairer Compensation and Working Conditions

BySamantha Nguyen

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

In the heart of Toronto’s Regent Park community, a crisis is brewing. Two weeks ago, community health care workers were forced to strike when their employer failed to provide a fair deal. These frontline workers, members of OPSEU/SEFPO Local 5115, are at the forefront of the poisoned drug epidemic and are saving lives every day.

On Thursday, April 4th, a news conference and rally will be held by these workers to discuss the impact of this 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.

For over 50 years, Regent Park Community Health Centre has been serving the needs of its community. This community largely consists of racialized individuals with precarious status in a mid-to-low-income area. The staff at RPCHC provides essential services such as overdose prevention programs, support for addictions and homelessness, and primary health care.

Despite their critical role in addressing these issues, these workers have had frozen wages for nearly six years and benefits that have not been increased for 30 years. This makes 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 challenge is that many community health care workers like those at RPCHC are underpaid within the health care sector. After five months of bargaining with their employer, they have yet to see any progress towards meeting their demands for better compensation and working conditions. As a result, they were forced onto strike two weeks ago in an effort to put pressure on management to come back to the table with fairer terms.

This ongoing strike highlights the need for more investment in community health care programs across Ontario province especially in areas where most vulnerable populations reside.

In conclusion, it is imperative that RPCHC management ends this strike now before it leads to further harm for both patients and healthcare workers alike.

By Samantha Nguyen

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