Decent Work and Health Network Event

Join an important upcoming discussion on precarious work and health in Ontario, hosted by the Decent Work and Health Network

Tuesday July 19, 2016 – 4 to 6 pm
St. Michael’s Hospital, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute
Room 241, 204 Victoria Street, Toronto
Light refreshments will be served
RSVP here

The Decent Work and Health Network is a collaboration between Health Providers Against Poverty and the Worker’s Action Centre

Ontario’s Changing Workplaces Review is a once in a generation opportunity to change the laws around employment and address the growing precarious work in the province. The aim of this event is to develop a health sector response to the Interim Report of the Changing Workplaces Review, since it is well recognized that precarious work leads to poor health.

Meeting With Minister Hoskins on Paid Sick Days

Today was another big day for the Fight For 15 & Fairness!

Members of Health Providers Against Poverty joined allies for a meeting with the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, Dr. Eric Hoskins, to discuss the need for protected paid sick days in Ontario as called for in a statement signed by more than 900 health workers!

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Check out this coverage of the month of action for legislated paid sick days in Ontario!

Health Providers Take to the Street for Paid Sick Days

On Thursday, November 19th, members of Health Providers Against Poverty joined a public rally outside Queen’s Park subway station, in an effort to draw attention to a campaign calling for paid sick days for all workers.

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Currently, employers in Ontario are not required to provide sick days by law. Consequently, too many workers are forced to go to work sick in order to avoid losing pay.

As the Ministry of Labour continues its review of employment legislation to change the Employment Standards Act, there is a unique opportunity to strengthen protections for all workers in Ontario. Health providers are calling for at least seven paid sick days, pro-rated for part-time workers, as well as removing the requirement for medical notes. The campaign is lead by 15 & Fairness.

“As doctors we provide care for our patients, and sometimes this also requires that we address the factors that affect health outcomes. Working while sick is a serious public health concern. The real solution here is to update the labour laws, so that no one has to choose between their pay and well-being.”

“Having patients with flu sit in a waiting room to get a sick note is neither a good use of their time nor our health providers’ time.”

– Dr. Kate Hayman, ER Physician