TORONTO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Between 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. tomorrow (Thursday, May 14) hospital workers at St. Michael’s Hospital of Unity Health Toronto (UHT) will be outside the hospital at the corner of Shuter and Victoria Streets with a clear ask of the Premier, to protect and pay them equally.
Media are invited to interview those participating in front of St. Michael’s Hospital and take photographs. Social distancing practices will be strongly adhered to.
The members of CUPE 5441 (at St. Mike’s) are among thousands of Toronto and Greater Toronto Area (GTA) health care workers concerned about safety and frustrated about a divisive provincial COVID -19 pandemic pay policy who are taking part in an afternoon of province-wide workplace actions - at hospitals and long-term care homes across Ontario.
While some, like the staff at UHT - St. Michael’s Hospital staff are visible and outside their workplaces on Thursday, others from across Toronto and the GTA will continue with a silent protest inside their workplaces that tells the Premier and the health minister that all health care workers are at risk and they all should be protected and paid equally.
Health care workers will also be “rallying” outside at the Credit Valley Hospital (Mississauga) of Trillium Health Partners, Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital, the Milton District Hospital and at Lakeridge Health Centre – Oshawa General campus.
Tens of thousands of health care staff who work on the hospital front-lines across Ontario have been excluded from receiving the pandemic recognition pay announced by the province last month.
Since the COVID pandemic began in Ontario, Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) health care sector members have been vocal that neither they, their patients or the residents they care for are adequately protected from infection.