PSW worker in London, Ont., says he’s only had a $2 pay raise in 4 years. Now he’s speaking out | CBC News


Private help employee Mark Clancy of London, Ont., was making $16.50 an hour when he began working for Paramed Dwelling Well being Care Providers in 2018.

In 4 years, the corporate has boosted his hourly wage by two {dollars}.

As a part of his job, Clancy, 43, travels to purchasers’ houses, bathes, garments and feeds them, administers drugs and adjustments bandages. It isn’t a straightforward job, however Clancy enjoys the work.

He believes, nonetheless, that Paramed, which is owned by long-term care conglomerate Extendicare, appears to be extra all for being profitable than guaranteeing the well-being of its purchasers and staff.

I hear on a regular basis a few scarcity of PSWs. There isn’t any scarcity of PSWs on the market. They’re simply at jobs that pay and respect them extra.– Mark Clancy, PSW, London, Ont.

“It is nothing however revenue,” mentioned Clancy who gave his discover Friday to depart his place as a steward with the London native of SEIU Healthcare, the union representing Paramed staff.

“They [Paramed] type of screw over their employees for the revenue. It is laborious sufficient on the market making a dwelling with at this time being the way in which it’s,” he mentioned.

A number of issues

CBC Information spoke to Clancy and three different Paramed staff in London who wished to stay nameless for concern of job repercussions. However the three echoed Clancy’s issues over wages, hours and fuel mileage, and nervous the corporate was sending underqualified employees to do the work of a PSW.

“As a full-timer you count on to work 75 to 80 hours each two weeks and we’re getting shortchanged,” mentioned Clancy who at the moment works about 60 hours each two weeks. “They’re taking hours and purchasers from their full-time employees to offer to new hires or to residence help employees (HSWs) who’re paid at a decrease charge.”

CBC Information reached out to Paramed for remark.

In an emailed assertion this week, Paramed mentioned: “With the present staffing disaster throughout the home-care sector, there ought to be no conditions the place a employees member is getting much less hours than they make obtainable to us.”

Paramed pays PSWs for mileage, though the compensation hasn’t modified regardless of a surge in fuel costs. Clancy says he is been instructed to get a extra fuel-efficient automobile. (Submitted by Mark Clancy)

Paramed staff use their very own automobiles to drive to purchasers’ houses, and Clancy and the opposite staff CBC Information spoke to had issues about mileage and the way a lot they’re paid whereas they’re commuting.

Clancy drives about 430 kilometres each two weeks for his job.

We’re actively exploring methods to extend help for caregivers within the discipline and hope to share updates with our workforce very quickly.”– Paramed spokesperson in emailed assertion to CBC Information

“We receives a commission separate for journey time,” mentioned Clancy, who admitted these phrases have been negotiated with the union. “We get lower than our regular wage. We get minimal wage for after we’re travelling from shopper to shopper.”

In addition they receives a commission for fuel, however the charges haven’t elevated at the same time as gasoline costs have skyrocketed.

“Once we convey it up, we get instructed, ‘Your fuel was negotiated in contracts and in case your automobile takes an excessive amount of fuel, I recommend you get a greater automobile,'” he mentioned.

Clancy drives a pickup truck.

“I barely can afford to work due to the fuel costs.”

Within the emailed assertion, the Paramed spokesperson responded to issues over rising fuel costs.

“Whereas we offer our employees compensation for each journey time and fuel mileage, we all know fuel costs are on the minds of Canadians throughout the nation,” the e-mail mentioned. “We’re actively exploring methods to extend help for caregivers within the discipline and hope to share updates with our workforce very quickly.”

Extra oversight crucial

Clancy mentioned Paramed and the union representing staff have been engaged on a brand new contact for the London native, however the case has gone to arbitration.

CBC Information reached out to Paramed on Friday to get extra particulars concerning the standing of the talks, however had not but heard again as of late afternoon.

In the meantime, Clancy mentioned issues have come to a boil for a lot of staff.

“I do know our firm has a really excessive turnover. Individuals are quitting as a result of they only cannot take it anymore.”

Clancy believes PSWs ought to be regulated in the identical manner nurses are by the School of Nurses of Ontario (CNO).

Within the spring of 2021, the Ontario authorities tabled laws that might set up the Well being and Supportive Care Suppliers Oversight Authority, to regulate people offering well being and supportive care providers, together with PSWs. 

For the reason that announcement, there’s been work on placing collectively an interim board, which a chair and three part-time members in place since March 25, 2022, in line with the province’s website. In an e-mail Friday from the Ministry of Well being, a spokesperson mentioned the invoice acquired royal assent on June 3, 2021.

CBC Information on Friday tried to achieve the province to touch upon the place the proposed laws stands however hadn’t but heard again at time of publication.

“I need a physique that regulates PSWs that makes certain that we’re getting livable wages,” mentioned Clancy. “The federal government has kicked within the $3 top-up, which has actually helped rather a lot,” nevertheless it’s nonetheless not sufficient, he mentioned.

Paramed in London held a job honest on Friday

In the course of the pandemic, the Ontario authorities started topping up the pay of PSWs by $3 an hour and has since made that enhance everlasting, bringing Clancy’s whole hourly wages from $18.50 to $21.50.

“I truthfully assume that any PSW that has a certificates, that’s out within the discipline, ought to be making a minimal of $25.”

He additionally desires extra oversight over firms equivalent to Paramed.

“I hear on a regular basis a few scarcity of PSWs. There isn’t any scarcity of PSWs on the market,” mentioned Clancy. “They’re simply at jobs that pay and respect them extra.

“I went to a Tim Hortons at some point on my shift and I used to be speaking with one of many employees about being a PSW and so they laughed and mentioned, ‘There’s three of us on this Tim Hortons alone which can be PSWs,’ however they make more cash at Tim Hortons.”

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