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

Over the past few years, the Regent Park Community Health Centre has been facing a crisis as community health care workers have been forced out on strike. These workers, who are members of OPSEU/SEFPO Local 5115, provide essential services such as overdose prevention programs, support for addictions and homelessness, and primary health care to the community. Despite their critical role in fighting the poisoned drug epidemic and saving lives every day, they have been working without pay for two weeks.

On Thursday, April 4th, a news conference and rally will be held by the 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. They will demand better wages, benefits, and a psychologically safe work environment from their employer.

The Regent Park Community Health Centre was established over 50 years ago to address the health needs of the community. This community largely consists of racialized individuals with precarious status in a mid-to-low income area. The center provides essential services such as overdose prevention programs, support for addictions and homelessness, and primary health care to its clients. However, these workers have had frozen wages for nearly six years and benefits that have not been increased for 30 years, making it difficult for them to afford living in the city where they work.

Despite being underpaid within the healthcare sector compared to other healthcare professionals in Toronto like doctors or nurses, these community health care workers are determined not only to provide quality care but also fight for their rights. They deserve fair compensation for their hard work while also ensuring that vulnerable clients receive timely medical attention when needed most.

It is time for RPCHC management to come forward with a fair deal that addresses both our concerns about pay equity in healthcare sector as well as providing adequate resources towards fighting addiction epidemic which is an important issue that affects many families within our community.

Let’s hope that this rally will bring attention to this pressing issue that affects not only RPCHC staff but also many communities across Toronto and Canada whose healthcare systems are facing similar challenges due to insufficient funding or lack of government support towards addressing critical issues like addiction epidemic or mental health crises.

By Aiden Johnson

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