Health workers have protested in many cities of Quebec, on Wednesday, to force the CISSS and the CIUSSS to respect their right to take a vacation this summer.
Hundreds of health workers are gathered in front of the Hôpital Pierre-Le Gardeur in Terrebonne, to demonstrate their dissatisfaction.
“They treat us like a number, but we will show them that it is not just the numbers”, was launched at the crowd Stéphane Cormier, president, union of the Centre intégré de santé et de services sociaux (CISSS) in Lanaudière.
Tired and out of breath, a nurse, met her on the scene wanted to take part in the rally. “I have children and a boyfriend. I need to recharge myself with them this summer. But for now, we can’t organize because I don’t even know if I will be able to have vacation or when I will be able to have one”, has dropped a Melanie, a health worker, who preferred to conceal his family name for fear of reprisal.
This series of events has been jointly organized by several trade union organisations.
The employees of the health network say they are dead tired and require a break, as well as a decent salary.
Dozens of workers were on the grounds of the Hospital Maisonneuve-Rosemont in Montreal in the afternoon, with placards and flags.
The canadian Union of public employees (CUPE) has ensured that the employees were protesting during their lunch.
The health workers, who are called upon more than ever during the crisis of the COVID-19, have not been able to take a vacation for more than two months.
“People need their vacations, it is necessary to give them a moment of rest. You can’t be in a marathon continuous and does not have this pause-there”, said Marc Ranger, the quebec director of CUPE.
Other events were scheduled, including in front of the CHSLD Notre-Dame-de-la-Merci in the north of Montreal. A walk should also take place between the CHSLD Manoir-Trinity and the Hôpital Pierre-Boucher on the south shore.
On the side of Quebec, a demonstration was held in front of the Hotel Le Concorde on Grande Allée, in the city centre. The hotel has been transformed into a centre to accommodate patients of the COVID-19.