While the tasks of beneficiary attendants are similar in different health care settings, a significant pay disparity exists between employees working in intermediate resources (IR) and in CHSLDs.
A report unveiled on Sunday by the Association des ressources intermediaries d’habitation du Québec (ARIHQ) compared the functions of patient attendants in four long-term care facilities.
Thus, while an employee in intermediate resources would receive a minimum wage of $ 14 / h, an employee in a CHSLD would receive nearly $ 26 / h.
“Pay inequity is unfair, while IRs are 100% government funded. It must therefore take note of this report and finally restore the fairness of working conditions, which is crucial for the quality of care offered to Quebecers, ”said Johanne Pratte, Director General of the ARIHQ in a press release.
For the organization, this salary disparity also encourages counterproductive competition between the two health sectors and contributes to the shortage of manpower in intermediate resources.
“It is unacceptable that the IR network has been maintained in a situation of labor shortage for years. […] For equal work, equal pay, ”concluded Johanne Pratte.
Differences in training requirements and in team management were also noted in this report.