Webinar: The Healthcare Crisis: Why workers’ rights are key

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Hosted by Spring Magazine
Sunday, April 19, 2020 at 1 PM – 3 PM EDT
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues many are asking how do we flatten the curve and fight the virus? Join us for a discussion with healthcare workers and advocates:
– Dr. Iman Ahmed will speak on the global challenges facing health care workers;
– Amrita Parmar is a nurse who has worked in Burnaby, British Columbia in geriatric care for the past five years;
– Simran Dhunna is an MPH Epidemiology candidate at the University of Toronto and an organizer with Climate Justice Toronto and Peel;
– Faiz Ahmed is a long time trade unionist and socialist;
– Zaid Noorsumar is a journalist who has contributed to CBC, The Canadian Press and Rankandfile.ca. Most recently, he has been providing in-depth coverage of working conditions in the long-term care sector;
– Jesse McLaren is an emergency physician and member of the Decent Work and Health Network.Instead of empowering people to self-isolate at home and to reduce transmission in the workplace, and instead of following successful strategies from other countries like expanding testing and hospital capacity, governments are blaming ordinary people for spreading the virus and empowering the police to impose restrictions–which suppresses people but not the virus.

This webinar will look at the reality faced by healthcare workers, what resources they need to treat patients and protect themselves and why workers’ rights, from access to PPE and paid sick days to expanded EI, are key in fighting this public health crisis.

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