Ringing bells, home care workers and supporters raised a “wake-up call” for Premier Kathleen Wynne at an action organized by the Ontario Health Coalition on hospital row this morning. 4,500 Red Cross Care Partners home care workers have been on strike across the province since December 11, 2013. Most home care workers work for just above minimum wage and only paid for a fraction of their travel time.
Home care workers and supporters called for Premier Kathleen Wynne to intervene to improve conditions in home care and resolve the strike affecting 4,500 home care workers and over 45,000 patients and their families across the province.
“Homecare workers provide important healthcare to the elderly and very sick. They might work full time but mainly get paid for part time hours which means many are struggling to survive below the poverty line. We need decent jobs in this province – not low wage precarious jobs that keep workers in poverty,” stated WAC Co-ordinator Deena Ladd at the action.
Ask your MPP to support home care workers by making sure they receive decent wages and that funding for home care is spent on front line services not company profits. Take action at the Justice 4 PSW’s website