CIUSSS of the Mauricie and Centre-du-Québec: attendants and nurses threatened?

News 14 February, 2018
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    Jonathan Roberge

    Wednesday, February 14, 2018 16:06

    Wednesday, February 14, 2018 16:06

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    THREE-RIVERS – VAT News has learned that the Fédération interprofessionnelle de la santé du Québec (FIQ) and the Confederation of national trade unions (CSN) investigate present allegations of threats and acts of intimidation allegedly committed by the managers of the health network in the Mauricie and Centre-du-Québec.

    It’s been months that the shortage of staff forces most of the time the nurses and orderlies to do the mandatory overtime (TSO).

    “The child care centre closes at 5 pm, but this, this is not the problem of the employer. We are told: “do you have a plan B, you know that you can be forced to stay” up,” said the president of the union of orderlies (CSN), Pascal Bastarache.

    Last week, at least three employees of the centres hosting the Site and the Saint-Maurice, Shawinigan would have refused to stay on the grounds of family related reasons. They have been threatened with suspension letters and disciplinary, which may eventually lead to dismissal.

    “She had no one to go there. His manager immediate would have said to him: “go find your child, lead him to the hospital and come back to do your shift”” testified Mr. Bastarache.

    His case is not unique

    “They may threaten to file a complaint with the College of nurses. It’s going to far”, has launched Nathalie Perron of the FIQ.

    The FIQ and CSN might even file official complaints with human resources against the managers involved.

    “We have ethical responsibilities, but it also has personal responsibilities that can vary from one person to another. You need to be able to talk about it in a civilized manner and respectfully. The threats do not have their place, and it is certain that we will have to do an investigation.”

    Difficult Situation also in Trois-Rivières

    The shortage of staff has reached a critical point last week at the CHSLD Roland-Leclerc in Trois-Rivières. In some sections of the building, it was impossible to find an attendant.

    “There was no eight workers. When you’re three servants for an entire building, it is certain that the services are not those for which the families pay for”, concluded Pascal Bastarache.