The health care crisis in Regent’s Park is affecting the community after community health workers were forced to strike two weeks ago. These workers, who are members of OPSEU/SEFPO Local 5115, are on the front lines of the toxic drug epidemic and save lives every day.

The workers provide essential services such as overdose prevention programs, addiction and homelessness support, and primary health care. Despite their critical role, they have had wages frozen for nearly six years and benefits that have not been increased for 30 years, making it difficult for them to afford to live in the city where they work. They demand better wages, benefits and a psychologically safe work environment.

RPCHC staff, like many community health workers, are underpaid in the health care sector, leading to recruitment and retention challenges. After five months of negotiations, the employer failed to prioritize the needs of customers and workers, resulting in an ongoing strike.

On Thursday, April 4th there will be a press conference and rally by community health 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 rally aims to bring attention to the importance of addressing this crisis in order to ensure that those who need help can receive it without fear of being able to pay their bills or support themselves or their families.

Established more than 50 years ago Regent Park Health Center was established with a mission to address the health needs of its primarily racially disadvantaged community in a middle-to-low income area. The center provides essential services such as overdose prevention programs, addiction support services and primary healthcare services.

The ongoing strike is causing disruption for both patients and staff at RPCHC as well as members of OPSEU/SEFPO Local 5115 who are fighting for fair wages and working conditions. The situation highlights how important it is for employers to prioritize their employees’ needs while also ensuring that patients receive quality care.

By Samantha Johnson

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