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Ford Plans to Cut Health Care Worker Benefits by $250 million

Attack on health care worker benefits: The Ontario Ford government has specifically targeted in the Budget health care worker compensation  through cuts in premium payments (e.g. shift payments), overtime, and sick leave. “Improving” scheduling is also part of the plan.  The stated goal is to cut $250 million annually through such changes by 2020-21  — i.e. next year.

This is squarely aimed at hourly paid employees. Managers don’t get overtime and premium payments, and they are not likely to be targeted by attendance management programs or scheduling “improvements”.

With about half a million hourly paid employees working in health care a $250 million cut would mean about a cut of about $500 per employee per year.

The Ford government claims in the Budget that this will have “no impact on patient care or front-line staff.” 

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