MEDICAL LABOUR DISPUTES IN ONTARIO SEPT. 4, 2018

Sep 04, 2018

By Michelle Saunders

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There have been labour disputes in the health industry here in Ontario since this past spring and continues through the summer. So far, the labour strikes have only affected two clinics in other towns but the Ontario medical Association says this could have widespread ramifications. There are reports of threats and intimidation. The first strike was held at the Thunder Bay Medical Centre. The striking workers were represented by UNIFOR. According to reports the strikers put up a metal fence barricading all access to the medical centre. A court injunction was filed and UNIFOR agreed to take the fence down. That strike has since settled, but now workers for a clinic in Owen Sound have gone on strike and are represented by OPSEU. The local police have said the strike is taking up too much of their resources, with some issues between the strikers blocking cars etc… and the people trying to get medical care. Libby spoke with Smokey Thomas, who is the President of the Ontario Public Service Employees Union and to Dr. Nadia Alam, President of the Ontario Medical Association to hear what each side had to say…

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