Healthcare providers are not happy about the care they are being receiving from the province.
The Ontario Nurses’ Association recently broke off contract talks with the Ontario Hospital Association.
Talks came to a halt when the OHA made an offer that the union saw as a gutting of wages, benefits and job security.
“We will not bargain away our future or our ability to provide quality patient care,” ONA President Linda Haslam-Stroud said in a statement. “Neither are we prepared to devalue the contributions made by these crucial professionals.”
The union represents more than 58-thousand hospital registered nurses with their current collective agreement expiring on March 31st.
“Ontario’s nurses are calling on the provincial government to give hospitals a wake-up call about the integral role that RNs play in the government’s ‘Patients First’ agenda. Registered Nurses have had enough of staffing shortages leading to death and disease, escalating workloads and violence,” The ONA said in a statement. “Nurses continue to suffer from work environments that contribute to the highest injury and illness rates of any profession.”
The Ontario Hospital Association has not released a statement on their perspective of the negotiations.
According to the ONA’s release, unsafe RN staffing levels in Ontario are becoming common as hospitals continue to cut RN positions to balance budgets with more than 1,200 RN positions being cut in the past 13 months.
The ONA is committed to negotiating a fair agreement that reflects the contribution RNs make to patients.