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Community Health Workers Strike: The Battle for Fair Pay and Benefits in Regent Park

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 Regent Park Community Health Centre is facing a crisis, as community health care workers were forced out on strike two weeks ago when their employer failed to offer a fair deal. These workers, who are members of OPSEU/SEFPO Local 5115, are on the frontlines of the poisoned drug epidemic, saving lives every day.

These health care workers have been fighting for better wages and benefits for nearly six years now. Despite their critical role in providing essential services such as overdose prevention programs, support for addictions and homelessness, and primary health care, they have been underpaid within the health care sector. This has led to recruitment and retention challenges.

The staff at RPCHC are demanding better wages, benefits, and a psychologically safe work environment. They are calling on RPCHC management to end the strike and prioritize the needs of clients and workers. On Thursday, April 4, a news conference and rally will be hosted by these 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.

Established over 50 years ago, RPCHC was set up to address the health needs of the community in Regent Park which largely consists of racialized individuals with precarious status in a mid-to-low income area. These community health care workers play an essential role in providing services such as overdose prevention programs, support for addictions and homelessness, primary healthcare among other things

By Samantha Jones

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