A Health Care Crisis in Regent Park: Frontline Workers on Strike for Fair Pay and Benefits

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

Regent Park, a community located in Toronto, is facing a health care crisis as community health care workers from Local 5115 of OPSEU/SEFPO have been on strike for two weeks after their employer refused to offer them a fair deal. These workers, who are on the frontlines of the poisoned drug epidemic and save lives in the community, are struggling to make ends meet due to frozen wages for nearly six years and benefits that have been frozen for 30 years.

The Regent Park Community Health Centre (RPCHC) was established over 50 years ago to cater to the health needs of Regent Park residents, who are predominantly racialized, often with precarious status, in a mid-to-low-income community. RPCHC provides critical services and programs, including overdose prevention programs, support for addictions and homelessness, and primary health care. However, the underpaid staff at RPCHC is facing a recruitment and retention crisis due to low wages within the health care sector. Despite five months of bargaining, the employer has refused to offer a deal that prioritizes the well-being of clients and workers.

A news conference and rally will be hosted on Thursday, April 4th to discuss the impact of the health care crisis on vulnerable clients and call on RPCHC management to end the strike. Solidarity guests will include fellow striking workers from the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO), members of OPSEU/SEFPO Local 535. The event aims to shed light on how this crisis affects not only healthcare workers but also vulnerable populations who rely on these services.

Regent Park, a community located in Toronto, is facing a health care crisis as community health care workers from Local 5115 of OPSEU/SEFPO have been on strike for two weeks after their employer refused to offer them a fair deal. These workers, who are on the frontlines of the poisoned drug epidemic and save lives…

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