RICHMOND HILL, ON, Dec. 27, 2013 /CNW/ - "Today, our bold strike is
over. We are pleased to announce that thanks to the pressure you put on
Red Cross, your contract is going to interest arbitration, the first
step in recognizing homecare work as an essential service," said SEIU
Healthcare president Sharleen Stewart on Christmas Eve to 4,500
striking caregivers across Ontario.
"You stood up for yourselves. You showed Ontario what personal support
workers are made of. We are ending the strike, but continuing the fight
for justice for PSWs."
"Homecare PSWs should be compensated at a level similar to that of their
colleagues working in nursing homes and hospitals. We hope the
arbitrator will come up with a contract favourable to the hard-working
caregivers that are on front lines of the healthcare system," added
SEIU Healthcare and Red Cross will meet with an arbitrator on January 3,
2014. In the meantime, PSW services resume for thousands of clients
across the province.
PSWs received an outpouring of community support from across the
province during the two-week strike over poor working conditions.
SEIU Healthcare thanks the clients and families, local politicians,
businesses, union allies, labour councils, and MPPs who came out to
support the PSWs on the picket lines, and looks forward to ongoing
support in their efforts to fix the homecare system.
www.j4pswsblog.wordpress.com (photos, stories from the picket lines)
About SEIU Healthcare
SEIU Healthcare represents more than 55,000 healthcare and community
service workers across Ontario. The union's members work in hospitals,
home care, nursing and retirement homes, and community services
throughout the province. SEIU Healthcare has a strong track record of
improving wages, benefits and working conditions for healthcare
workers, supporting the training and development needs of its members,
and strengthening standards in the management and delivery of patient
and client care. www.seiuhealthcare.ca
SOURCE: SEIU Healthcare
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