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75,000 Ontario hospital workers to host day of action over lack of pandemic pay

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This afternoon, three unions representing 75,000 hospital workers in Ontario announced that they are taking a ‘day of action’ in protest of a ‘pandemic pay fiasco’. The news release mentions that although hospital workers were promised pandemic pay months ago, some have not received payment and thousands have been outright excluded.

The day of action will take place under the motto “It takes a team to take care”. The motto highlights that although more hospital workers have been included in pandemic pay, roughly 20,000 highly-skilled frontline staff have still not been deemed eligible.

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Additionally, even those who have been deemed eligible have still not received their pay increase. This reflects a larger issue affecting over 375k frontline workers, and one that has been ongoing since first promised in April. So, we have to say that we empathize with those who have been negatively affected by this.

If you’d like to read the press release in full, click here! And here are the websites for Unifor, CUPE, and SEIU.

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