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BC Federation of Labour: Healthcare voices call for permanent paid sick leave program in BC

Prominent voices in BC’s health sector are calling on the BC government to deliver a permanent paid sick leave program with coverage of at least ten days of worker wages. The appeal to government comes as new data from the Workers’ Compensation Board shows rising numbers of workplace exposures, and as BC’s health care system strains under high rates of hospitalizations due to COVID-19.

Health care features in BC pandemic budget

On Tuesday, April 20, the BC government released the first full provincial budget of the current pandemic crisis.

As expected, the priorities are aimed squarely at pandemic support for the immediate term and economic recovery for the longer term. There is significant new investment in public infrastructure, health care, programs to benefit vulnerable British Columbians, and ongoing support for business sectors hit hard over the last year.

We can’t afford to wait. It’s time for paid sick leave for every worker in Canada

Joint Statement by Canada’s Provincial and Territorial Federations of Labour 

In advance of the federal, provincial and territorial labour ministers’ meeting, provincial and territorial federations of labour are united in demanding that provincial and territorial governments guarantee seamless access to universal, permanent and adequate employer-provided sick days for all workers. 

In 2021, let's build a foundation that we can all stand on: HSA President Val Avery

A message from the President 

It’s hard to believe that 2020 is soon coming to close. It’s no secret that it’s been a challenging year. I am so proud of our members’ commitment to delivering quality public healthcare and social services in the midst of a pandemic that has taken a heavy physical and emotional toll on the communities we serve.