Ontario Nurses Frustrated By 1 Per Cent Wage Increase During COVID-19 Pandemic

Article Link: https://www.huffingtonpost.ca/entry/ontario-nurses-wage-increase_ca_5ee15f6ec5b6f3f8e018ece4

Discussion posted by: David McNamara

The Ontario Nurses Association (ONA) says a decision to increase their wages by only 1 per cent is “insulting and demeaning” given that nurses have been at the front lines of the province’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Nurses have been in an almost year-long fight with the province for wage increases since Premier Doug Ford introduced Bill 124 in June 2019. The bill established a cap on wage increases for public sector workers in hospitals, schools and children’s aids societies among others. The bill, which was passed in November 2019, puts this cap into effect for three years and impacts bargaining rights for wages, benefits and other forms of compensation.