QUEEN’S PARK– Mike Schreiner made the following statement in response to the government’s announcement this morning, including that pandemic pay will be made permanent for PSWs:

“The Premier needs to immediately repeal Bill 124 so health-care workers can bargain for a fair wage and important benefits like mental health supports.

That’s the best way to shore up the gaping holes in Ontario’s health system and address the staffing crisis.

Health-care workers across the province are leaving in droves, burnt out and exhausted from poor working conditions. They deserve better.

Repealing Bill 124 is a key step that will help address the current health crisis, prepare us for future public health emergencies, and build a more resilient, caring and healthy Ontario.”

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