NAPE Wants Immediate Wage Hike for Home Care Workers
May 25, 2007
NAPE president Carol Furlong says the provincial government's failure to include a wage increase for home care workers in last month's budget needs to be addressed. She's calling for an immediate increase in the hourly wage. Furlong says while the provincial government is enjoying a previously unknown level of prosperity, home care workers are still working for poverty wages. She says they are an integral part of the health care system, and the services they provide ease the burden on hospitals and nursing homes, saving government millions of dollars. Furlong says most home care workers are women and it's an unfortunate fact that some female-dominated professions are still underpaid.
Cheers to you today Ms. Furlong. Please continue in the coming days to push this issue. I already know of two home care workers in my area who have quit since the budget was released.