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

Regent Park Health Care Crisis: Community Workers’ Unite to Demand Fair Deal

Regent Park is facing a health care crisis, as community health care workers have been on strike for two weeks due to their employer’s failure to offer a fair deal. These essential workers, who are members of OPSEU/SEFPO Local 5115, are on the frontlines of the poisoned drug epidemic, saving lives every day.

On Thursday, April 4, a news conference and rally will be held by the community health care workers to discuss the impact of the 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 Regent Park Community Health Centre was established over 50 years ago to address the health needs of the community, which largely consists of racialized individuals with precarious status in a mid-to-low-income area. These workers provide essential services such as overdose prevention programs, support for addictions and homelessness, and primary health care.

Despite their critical role in providing these services, 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, like many community health care workers, are 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 undermine the vital services provided by these frontline workers.

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