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

The ongoing strike by health care workers at Regent Park Community Health Centre (RPCHC) highlights the crisis facing community health care in the area. These workers, 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.

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. They are demanding better wages, benefits, and a psychologically safe work environment.

The RPCHC was established over 50 years ago to address the health needs of the community. However, due to underfunding and neglect from government officials, these workers are struggling to provide adequate care to vulnerable clients. The ongoing strike by these workers is a call for action to address this crisis and prioritize the needs of both clients and workers.

On Thursday, April 4th, 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 rally is an opportunity for members of the public to show their support for these important workers who are fighting for fair compensation and working conditions.

The Regent Park Community Health Centre plays a crucial role in providing quality healthcare services to its patients despite being underfunded by governments over time. This has resulted in recruitment challenges due to low pay that makes it difficult for nurses and doctors to afford living in Toronto’s expensive city.

The staff at RPCHC has tried repeatedly through negotiations with management but has failed in securing fair compensation packages that would ensure they can afford basic necessities such as housing or transportation within Toronto.

As a result, nurses have been forced out on strike two weeks ago when negotiations broke down without any concrete offers from management regarding salary increases or better working conditions.

It is time for policymakers at all levels of government to recognize that our healthcare system relies heavily on hardworking nurses like those at Regent Park Community Health Centre who risk their lives every day saving people from poisoned drugs’ effects.

They deserve better pay packages than what they currently receive so that they can afford basic necessities while still providing quality care services without sacrificing their own well-being or safety.

By Sophia Gonzalez

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