On March 23, CUPE, SEIU, and Unifor workers from all sectors of healthcare will mount a car cavalcade in support of their campaign to demand respect, protection, and adequate compensation: Respect Us, Protect Us, Pay Us. 

Following the overstress of health care resources and failure of Ontario’s long-term care system during the COVID-19 pandemic, health care workers are uniting to demand action from the Ford government.

The following are their demands for respect, protection, and better pay for women in healthcare:

• Reverse the staff exodus in health care by turning exploitative part-time work into full-time jobs with benefits
• Provide paid-sick leave for Covid-19 related illnesses and providing pay while staff await Covid-19 test results or are in isolation
• Provide the PPE that health care workers need to work safely
• Make the initial $4 per hour “pandemic pay” available to all healthcare workers and made permanent going forward

The car cavalcade will launch the day before the introduction of the Ford Conservatives’ provincial budget and put the plight of health and long-term care workers—overwhelming racialized women subject to low pay and precarious work conditions—on the agenda.

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