Media Alert: Regent Park community health care workers on strike to host news conference and rally addressing ‘Regent Park Crisis’

The Fight for Fairness: RPCHC Health Workers Strike for Better Wages and Benefits

For over 50 years, Regent Park Community Health Centre (RPCHC) has been serving the health needs of its predominantly racialized community. However, the center is currently facing a crisis as its community health care workers from Local 5115 of OPSEU/SEFPO were forced to go on strike two weeks ago after their employer refused to offer them a fair deal. These frontline workers are dedicated to saving lives in the community as they battle the poisoned drug epidemic.

The news conference and rally on Thursday, April 4 will bring attention to the impact of this crisis on vulnerable clients and call for RPCHC management to end the strike. Guests from various organizations, including fellow striking workers from the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO), members of OPSEU/SEFPO Local 535, will join in solidarity.

The staff at RPCHC provide critical services and programs that have been essential to the health and well-being of Regent Park residents for decades. However, with wages frozen for nearly six years and benefits frozen for 30 years, they are struggling to make ends meet. The underpaid frontline workers are calling for better wages, benefits, and a psychologically safe internal work environment.

The situation at RPCHC highlights a broader issue within the health care sector: community health care workers are severely underpaid compared to other sectors. Despite five months of bargaining, RPCHC’s employer has refused to offer a deal that prioritizes the well-being of both clients and workers. This crisis calls for immediate action from policymakers and stakeholders alike to address these pressing issues faced by these essential workers in Regent Park.

In conclusion, Regent Park Community Health Centre is facing a significant challenge with its healthcare crisis due to low wages and benefits offered by their employer. The ongoing struggle highlights how important it is for policymakers and stakeholders in addressing these challenges faced by our frontline workers who play an essential role in saving lives within our communities.

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