Today is the Nurses' National Day of Action in Manitoba and across Canada.
Manitoba Nurses Union (MNU) President Darlene Jackson says "Our message is clear: nurses from coast to coast to coast are done asking and are now demanding change. We are in a nursing crisis and without urgent action by provincial and federal governments to address our national nursing shortage and dangerous working conditions, nurses will continue leaving our noble profession."
A press conference will be held at the Manitoba Legislature with Jackson, NDP MLA and Health Critic Uzoma Asagwara, and Manitoba Federation of Labour President Kevin Rebeck. It'll be live-streamed on the MNU Facebook page.
In a news release, the MNU says they're "participating in a National Day of Action to protest the lack of government action to fix the critical nursing shortage and make urgently needed improvements to Canada's beleaguered health care system. The Day of Action was called by the Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions (CFNU) to express mounting frustration among overworked frontline health care workers.
Eighteen months into a deadly pandemic, and more than a decade into a chronic nursing shortage, nurses and health care staff are expressing anger and exhaustion. Widespread staffing shortages and increased demands have compromised care across the country, resulting in bed and ER closures, cancelled surgeries and less time to care for patients."
Jackson says "The pandemic has wreaked havoc on our front-line workers and exposed the deep inadequacies of our current health care system in Manitoba. If the provincial government is serious about improving a very broken health care system, they will recognize and value the crucial contribution of every nurse in this province and offer a fair contract before this situation is beyond repair."
There's more information about the Nurses National Day of Action at https://www.frontlineunited.ca/ to learn more.
MNU represents more than 12,000 nurses of all designations from across Manitoba.