Then – After Risking Themselves Caring For Others – Ford’s Tories Reward Them by Cutting Their Pay
Niagara Centre NDP MPP Demands Ontario Health Minister Immediately Reverse Directive That Denies Pay to Health Care Workers Who Need to Self-Isolate
A News Release from the Constituency Office of Niagara Centre NDP MPP Jeff Burch
Posted November 25th, 2020 on Niagara At Large
QUEEN’S PARK – NDP MPP Jeff Burch (Niagara Centre) has demanded the Ford government reverse a directive from the Ministry of Health that tells hospitals to stop paying frontline heath care workers who self-report when they are exposed to COVID-19 and are forced to go into isolation.
“This government likes to talk about the hard work done by nurses, doctors, personal support workers and other frontline health care workers, correctly calling them ‘heroes’. Yet the actions of this government put them in an impossible situation, having to choose between reporting an exposure and feeding their family,” said Burch during question period at the Ontario legislature Tuesday.
“Will this Minister investigate, reverse this disgraceful directive, and ensure that front-line health care workers in Ontario’s hospitals receive their full pay when they are mandated by the employer to self-isolate due to COVID-19?,” Burch asked Health Minister Christine Elliott.
Burch has heard from Niagara’s frontline heroes who have had to juggle their finances to cover mortgage payments because this government refuses to pay them when they need to isolate to protect themselves and their patients.
Burch has been contacted by other local health care workers who’ve been told that previous sick pay they received was deemed an “over payment” and must be paid back. Local union representatives in Niagara are seeing a surge in retirements and staff shortages.
“Health care workers are risking their safety to care for the people of this province, and it is absolutely shameful that this government will not even compensate them when they are exposed to COVID-19. Cases are rising and the risk is increasing, yet with holidays around the corner this government has decided to cut corners on of the backs of front line health care workers,” said Burch.
“Will the Minister value health care workers in this province, treat them with the respect they deserve, and ensure that when they are exposed to COVID-19 in the community or in the line of duty, they will fairly compensated and made whole by the people of Ontario?,” asked Burch.
Burch wrote a letter to Health Minister Christine Elliott last week, requesting that she immediately reverse this change and provide Niagara’s health system with adequate funding to ensure staff who need to self-isolate are able to do so without the risk of losing income.
To read Niagara Centre MPP Jeff Burch’s letter to Ontario Health Minister Christine Elliott click on – <https://can01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fontariondp.us4.list-manage.com%2Ftrack%2Fclick%3Fu%3D353019c4e982ae7eb8ea53150%26id%3D3769dbfaee%26e%3De2053df241&data=04%7C01%7Chainesm%40ndp.on.ca%7C7c7020feb26841e3d79f08d890b3a2f2%7C6b9fd2ec77a64ae0822a6bb9108fb274%7C0%7C1%7C637418448497382939%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C1000&sdata=6XOgVkXQP4TG8PNg52eJhvhp%2FrfjNJswHAgXNOB1pXU%3D&reserved=0> (November 19)
To watch a Video of Burch’s questions to the Health Minister, click on – <https://can01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fontariondp.us4.list-manage.com%2Ftrack%2Fclick%3Fu%3D353019c4e982ae7eb8ea53150%26id%3Dcd59faf4a4%26e%3De2053df241&data=04%7C01%7Chainesm%40ndp.on.ca%7C7c7020feb26841e3d79f08d890b3a2f2%7C6b9fd2ec77a64ae0822a6bb9108fb274%7C0%7C1%7C637418448497392933%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C1000&sdata=ylir6yArV5vQgADNWwQ8HqrA3%2BR7xZaDyNaWwgk2E5A%3D&reserved=0>
A Brief Footnote from Doug Draper at Niagara At Large –
In keeping with the likes of Donald Trump across the border, this is how today’s Conservatives in Ontario and Canada – a witch’s brew of right-wing populists and ideologues – treat everyday, working people when push comes to shove.
When it is a choice between “the little guy,” as they so patronizingly put it – and more favours and tax cuts for their corporate pals, they will pick their corporate pals every time.
Whether it is the obscenity of the issue that Niagara Centre MPP Jeff Burch is raising here, or the gutting of environmental programs in Ontario, this bullying, extremist Ford government has got to go.
We are now about 18 months out from the next provincial election, WHEN WE CAN FIRE THEM!
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