by Barry Weisleder
A bargaining unit of over 70 workers at the Black Creek Community Health Centre is on strike to demand a pay increase that is mandated by Ontario law. In 2018 Bill 124 entitled all public sector workers a wage increase of 1 per cent per year, up to a total of three years. These members of OPSEU Local 5117 want the improvement that workers at community health centers across the Greater Toronto Area received. They are resisting concession demands by the bosses, who decline to come to the bargaining table and who are operating the Centre with scab labour.
The Workers’ Action Movement joined the OPSEU picket line on June 25 at Sheridan Mall, near Jane and Wilson in Toronto’s north end.
Together with OPSEU, WAM calls on Ontario Minister of Health Christine Elliott and BCCHC Executive Director Cheryl Prescod to provide the pay hike and respect that the workers deserve.
No justice, no peace. On strike, shut it down!