OMA Statement on Owen Sound Labour Dispute
Health care in Ontario must be free of barriers. The OMA and Ontario’s doctors are monitoring the ongoing labour dispute in Owen Sound.
OMA Statement on Owen Sound Labour Dispute
Health care in Ontario must be free of barriers. The OMA and Ontario’s doctors are monitoring the ongoing labour dispute in Owen Sound.
September 4, 2018

Health care in Ontario must be free of barriers. The OMA and Ontario’s doctors are monitoring the ongoing labour dispute in Owen Sound. We know that the specific details of the negotiations are best left to the family doctors and OPSEU. 

But we are worried about the escalating rhetoric on the picket line, especially as it affects patients and their access to care. The safety and security of patients seeking care and the physicians providing that care is a concern to us all. 

We know that the striking workers have threatened to put up a fence to barricade the medical clinic in Owen Sound. Having seen the fallout of this in Thunder Bay, we urge all parties to stay away from such extreme tactics. The “Picketing Protocol" framework agreed to by the physicians, the building manager and OPSEU at the start of Owen Sound strike should guide all actions. 

We have been told that the Owen Sound family doctors have sought an injunction against the strike activities that are beyond what was agreed to in the Picketing Protocol. 

We anticipate the cooperation of all parties involved to ensure care continues at the site, unimpeded.