Ontario Nurses Association members came from across the province to Toronto Feb. 12 to support Community Care Access Centre nurses who have been on strike for two weeks.
Protesters came to the Provincial Ministry of Labour Office to support CCAC nurses’ demands for wage parity and better working conditions.
Nurses who work at CCACs are paid less than other nurses in Ontario.
Most other nurses are classified as essential services, which means they are not allowed to strike. Instead they have to go to arbitration if they are not able to negotiate an agreement through collective bargaining.
CCAC workers can legally strike because they do not provide essential services
The striking ONA members want a 1.4 per cent wage increase, which most other Ontario nurses received. This increase does not cover the cost of inflation.