Thursday, January 22, 2009
The Telegram: January 22-2009
Raise salaries for home care workers, NAPE demands
The province has to start showing more respect for home-care workers and take action to increase salaries, says Carol Furlong, president of the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Public and Private Employees (NAPE).
Otherwise, she said, the home care industry could collapse because of a shortage of workers.
“The minister announced late last year that a government report on home care would be released in the fall and months later it still isn’t ready. This is unacceptable,” Furlong said.
The report was to have dealt with, among other things, salaries and benefits for home care workers, Furlong explained.
In the absence of the report, Furlong added, the government should maintain the differential in the minimum wage back to Jan. 1, when the minimum wage was increased.
“That increase was promised but has yet to be aid out to home-care workers,” she said.