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

The Poisoned Epidemic and the Unpaid Struggles of Community Health Care Workers in Regent Park: An Urgent Call for Change

The ongoing strike by community health care workers at Regent Park’s Community Health Centre has raised concerns about the crisis facing the healthcare system. These workers, who are members of OPSEU/SEFPO Local 5115, have been on the frontlines of the poisoned drug epidemic for years, saving lives every day.

On Thursday, April 4, a news conference and rally will be held to discuss the impact of this crisis on vulnerable clients and to call on RPCHC management to end the strike. 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 unique health needs of its community, which consists largely 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 faced challenges such as frozen wages for nearly six years and benefits that have not been increased for 30 years. They are demanding better wages, benefits, and a psychologically safe work environment.

The ongoing strike by these underpaid community health care workers highlights the need for significant change within the healthcare sector in terms of pay equity and recognition for those on the frontlines of public health crises.

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