The problem of compulsory overtime, which was previously the lot of nurses, is increasingly affecting the number of staff at the helm, because of the shortage of staff.
However, affected workers are generally not forced into 16-hour shifts, as some nurses do, but at two, four, six extra hours in addition to their normal shift, report unions representing them. And the phenomenon is affecting more CHSLDs (residential and long-term care centers).
The situation is particularly glaring at the CHSLD Basques and Bas-Saint-Laurent, where, in 26 positions, there are only 12 attendants present beneficiaries and 14 absentees in the long term, confirmed Tuesday the Integrated Health and Services Center Bas-Saint-Laurent.
Ariane Doucet-Michaud, Senior Media Relations Advisor, reports that when needed, school principals start by offering overtime, but sometimes they do not have the choice of using the famous OST, the time additional mandatory. “Sometimes, we have to. This is not a measure we like to do, but when the customer is accommodated 24-7, we do not really have the choice to ensure the safety of the customers, [it is necessary] that there is a presence “She justified.
The Canadian Union of Public Employees, affiliated with the FTQ, who represents these attendants, requests the urgent intervention of the Minister of Health, Danielle McCann.
CUPE union counsel Yanick Proulx sees this as a form of “sequestration at work”. He asked the Minister to issue a directive, as she had done during the day without a nurse’s OSI, on April 8, so that school principals would only use OST in emergency and exceptional situations.
The Quebec Union of Service Employees (SQEES), affiliated with the FTQ, reports that at the CHSLD Saint-Jean-Eudes, in Quebec City, a nursing assistant was used to work overtime to replace employee attendants, which were missing. Yet, a nursing assistant commands a higher salary than an attendant.