The OXFORD Street St Clair Home, where hundreds of elderly residents have spent their final months and years in recent decades, has closed permanently, leaving some former employees in the dark about the status of their wages, their severance pay and their future employment.
It stands on the corner of Oxford and Pembroke streets, where the original house burned down decades ago, but it has been rebuilt and managed under the supervision of the administrators of the Anglican Diocese.
There were around eight residents in the months leading up to its closure, some of whom were moved to different homes, and eight full-time workers.
The last three residents were fired at the end of October and the full-time workers released at the end of November. Their wages, according to Newsday, had not been paid since July, before the last residents left, although they were asked to continue working to “catch up on time” until the doors closed permanently. The âreliefâ workers were laid off before the full-time workers.
âThey said at the end of November they would pay us for the past months, but that didn’t happen. We keep calling, but no response. No one is giving us a good reason,â one said. worker who asked not to be named.
She worked at home for about 18 years, and several others have crossed their 20s.
There were many more residents in previous years, but the number started to decline, she said, when the new matron was appointed in charge.
“That’s when it started to go downhill, and obviously, if you have a parent in a house that’s in that condition, you would take them out.”
At that time, she said, workers complained to the Occupational Safety and Health Agency (OSHA) about bathroom leaks and damaged appliances.
“OSHA came, health (authorities) came and still (nothing was done).”
Residents left one by one, she said, as the pandemic escalated, but there had been discussions about closing the house long before.
âFor years they said the place was going to close so I wouldn’t say it was because of the covid,â she said, adding that the deterioration of the house and the residents’ families won’t. paid no fees, or at least didn’t. in time, were the likely reasons for its eventual closure.
The workers are not paid very well, she said. “We made simple gains.”
When asked if, like the residents, they had been offered a placement in another similar home, she said no.
âThey are leaving us to find us a replacement job.
“Right now we’re all home waiting for a dollar.”
Former workers are struggling to recoup their back wages, and there has been no discussion of severance pay to compensate for their many years of service.
“If we get on the matron, she keeps saying ‘Friday, next Friday’, but nothing.”
The former worker said the last time she spoke to the matron on Monday she said the funds were credited to the wrong account and they would receive their wages on Friday.
Newsday tried unsuccessfully to reach the matron of the hostel. She was not available when attempts were made to call her by cell phone or at the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, which houses the administrative services.