Four unions representing more than 200 workers at LaSalle long-term care center are demonstrating Wednesday to denounce the toxic work environment that has lasted for a year.
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The demonstration has been held since 11 a.m. in front of establishments by the Canadian Union of Public Employees, the Interprofessional Health Federation of Quebec, the Quebec Union of Service Employees and the Alliance of Professional and Technical Health Personnel and Social Services. It lasts until 2 p.m.
The four trade union organizations complain in particular about the “authoritarian and archaic” management style of the administration, the forced overtime pressure and the circumvention of collective agreements.
“CIUSSS management has been aware of the issue for more than a year, but seems outdated and lets it continue,” denounce CUPE Local 2881, the FIQ, the FTQ and the APTS in a joint press release.
“Despite the sense of duty and the best efforts of the employees, it is certain that such a toxic climate has a negative impact on the beneficiaries and their families,” said the four unions.
They are calling for an urgent meeting with the management of the CIUSSS to draw up a substantive action plan with tight deadlines that will dispel this unhealthy climate. “The management of the CHSLD de LaSalle needs to be redesigned from A to Z,” we added.
Here are some practical reactions:
“This morning an employee came to me crying and she threw up her lunch in front of me because she was being harassed by her manager and a nurse who was assigned to watch over her,” said a woman who was present at the event.
“The climate is difficult. People are tired, many employees are missing. We’re being harassed with inappropriate comments way too long,” responded another.
The CIUSSS de l’Ouest-de-l’Île-de-Montréal also rejected TVA Nouvelles’ interview request.
Management is aware of the situation and intends to meet with the teams to resume dialogue in the coming hours, according to a response from the CIUSSS.