Healthcare workers rally in Mississauga, Brampton in fight against wage limits

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Published March 15, 2022 at 9:27 am

Unions representing support staff at Ontario hospitals will be confronting Mississauga and Brampton MPPs over wage caps today at rallies outside of constituency offices.

The Ontario Council of Hospital Unions (OCHU-CUPE) says the Ontario Government’s Bill 124 unfairly penalizes healthcare workers who have scarified their own wellbeing during the pandemic.

Bill 124 was introduced by the Ford government in 2019 and limits wage increases for registered nurses, nurse practitioners and healthcare professionals to just one per cent a year.

“The Ford government’s wage cap devalues and disrespects a largely female workforce that has made huge personal sacrifices,” says Wayne Stevenson, CUPE’s Ontario Council of Hospital Unions (OCHU-CUPE) vice-president. “It cuts our real wages and leaves us with no ability to bargain badly needed mental supports after the trauma of caring for patients and residents through the pandemic. We think most Ontarians are on the side of health care workers. We are asking these MPPs to stand with us in calling for this Bill to be repealed.”

CUPE in Ontario represents nearly 90,000 health care workers.

The rallies will be held in front of the offices of Conservatives MPPs Prabmeet Sarkaria (Brampton South) and Deepak Anand (Mississauga-Malton).

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