Proposed Personal Support Worker Registry: Not All Good for PSWs

July 19, 2011, 3:40 PM EST

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In response to the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care's (MOHLTC) proposed PSW registry, CAW Canada submitted a brief outlining a number of concerns, particularly that the registry may be little more then a 'blacklist' of PSWs, with nothing to allow them due process and fairness. 

Announced in May of this year, the MOHLTC committed that the registry will be up and running no later then the summer of 2012, and promised to "better recognize the work they (PSWs) do for Ontarians, while helping to better meet the needs of the people they care for."  But it remains unclear just how this will be accomplished. 

CAW National Executive Board Member and CAW Local 302 President Nancy McMurphy believes that twin goals appear questionable.  "It has been suggested that PSWs will have to register their contact information, current employment, educational background and years of experience; far more information then even regulated health care workers are obligated to publicly disclose through their respective regulating colleges, and potentially putting them at risk for identity theft or stalking."

Also disturbing is the concern that the registry could essentially become a forum for publicly lodging potentially unfounded allegations, suspicions, and complaints.

McMurphy said that "PSWs are entitled to a balanced and fair investigation from an employer through their collective agreement, and a registry should not have the right to circumvent this."

The full CAW submission can be read at:

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