Peterborough Regional Health Centre to freeze wages for clerical staff: OPSEU

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Based on the union representing clerical workers at Peterborough Regional Well being Centre, staff are discovering out on Tuesday afternoon that they may see no pay will increase for as much as eight years.

There are 247 full- and part-time members of OPSEU Native 345, 245 of whom are girls. The union says 244 of these members are being downgraded, that means wage freezes for a interval of 5 to eight years.

“We got discover that the hospital would do a job analysis for our membership throughout our bargaining in 2016,” stated Dani Steenburgh, president of OPSEU Native 345. “We’re frightened for our membership. This might negatively affect our members, their households and associates in the neighborhood.”

“We’ve had two conferences with human assets and (the) job analysis committee. We now have given them a grievance type. They’re conscious we’re grieving this course of,” added Steenburgh.

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The union says it’s within the second 12 months of a five-year collective settlement with the hospital.

“I’m unsure if I’m angrier that they’re rigging job evaluations or that they’re doing it to harm girls who’re already amongst their lowest-paid staff,” stated OPSEU president Warren (Smokey) Thomas in a press launch.  “Both manner, it’s corrupt, it’s misogynistic and we’re going to cease it.”

“It’s disgusting. The bosses at this hospital are attempting to chop prices on the backs of their most susceptible staff,” stated Eduardo Almedia, OPSEU first vice-president and treasurer. “Job evaluations are alleged to be truthful and goal. However how truthful and goal may they be when actually 99 per cent of them end in downgrades? This complete course of stinks.”

A most cancers care consumption place on the well being centre was evaluated three years in the past and upgraded from a Grade four to a Grade 5 on its pay scale, nevertheless the employer is now downgrading the place to a Grade three and freezing these wages till 2026, said the union.

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“Earlier this 12 months, a job analysis committee was established to objectively evaluate all OPSEU clerical positions on the hospital,” PRHC wrote in a press release to International Information early Tuesday afternoon.

“A broad evaluate of those positions had not been executed for a few years, and plenty of of those jobs have modified considerably in that point, on account of elements resembling expertise enhancements, schooling and expertise necessities, and different adjustments within the work for these roles.”

“A evaluate of this type is completed to make sure fairness between place sorts, and every place is checked out in mild of many adjustments over time and assessed towards a longtime analysis software,” the assertion continues.

“As a regional acute care centre, our coverage is to compensate all of our union and non-union staff in a manner that permits us to stay aggressive in recruiting expert folks. We perceive that this is likely to be tough for a few of our workers, and we’ve got made assets obtainable to help them via this alteration.”

The wage freeze will take impact on April 1.

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