Budget Fails Healthcare Workers and the Vulnerable Residents
Patients They Serve
women and men serving on the frontline of our health care system are
experiencing an economic and emotional depression, yet today's budget
fails to deliver the supports required to stabilize the workforce.
Healthcare workers have been calling on Premier Ford to make the
initial $4 per hour 'pandemic pay' available to all frontline
heroes fighting COVID and to make it permanent, yet his budget ignores
their demand for respect and economic security.
Sixty-seven per cent of our union members report a decline in their take
home pay, yet Premier Ford's budget fails to provide low-wage workers,
like personal support workers, a living wage of at least $25 per hour.
Precariously employed health care workers deserve paid sick leave so
they are not forced to make the untenable choice between putting food
on the table or going to work sick, yet Premier Ford's budget denies
them this basic protection.
Good, full-time jobs with fair pay and benefits are essential to
the retention of health care workers, yet Premier Ford's budget is
absent funding to reverse the trend of part-time work.
Ontario's long-term care homes will be unable to deliver four-hours
of care per resident per day without the people required to deliver
that care, and because Doug Ford's budget failed to deliver for
healthcare workers our most vulnerable seniors will go without the
dignified care they deserve.
This article was published in
Voluem [volume] Number 24 - April 2, 2021 - No. 24