Regent Park Health Care Crisis: Striking Workers Call for Fairness Amid Poisoned Drug Epidemic Battle”.

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

In the midst of a health care crisis, Regent Park Community Health Centre (RPCHC) is facing severe challenges due to the strike of community health care workers from Local 5115 of OPSEU/SEFPO. These workers, who have been on the frontlines of the poisoned drug epidemic and are saving lives in the community, were forced out on strike two weeks ago after their employer refused to offer them a fair deal.

On Thursday, April 4, a news conference and rally will be held to discuss the impact of this crisis on vulnerable clients and call on RPCHC management to end the strike. Solidarity guests will include striking workers from other organizations such as the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO), members of OPSEU/SEFPO Local 535, among others.

The 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, living in a mid-to-low-income community. The center provides critical services and programs such as overdose prevention programs, support for addictions and homelessness, and primary health care. However, despite being severely underpaid within the healthcare sector and facing frozen wages for nearly six years and benefits frozen for 30 years, these essential workers continue to struggle to make ends meet. They are calling for better wages, benefits, and a psychologically safe internal work environment.

The staff at RPCHC is just one example of how community health care workers across Canada are struggling with similar issues. The recruitment and retention crisis affecting these essential workers threatens their ability to provide critical services that keep communities healthy.

In conclusion, it is crucial that we address these pressing issues faced by essential workers in our communities. We must prioritize their well-being by providing fair wages, benefits

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