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Home support care in New Brunswick: the Province must intervene

home support care in new brunswick the province must interveneCUPE 4598, which represents 136 Canadian Red Cross Home support workers in New Brunswick, organized Tuesday’s press conference. The Union criticized the Employer’s inaction when it comes to negotiations.

“On March 31, 2018, it will have been nine years since our collective agreement expired”, says Local 4598 President Thérèse Duguay. Despite the employees’ best efforts, the Red Cross still refuses to negotiate a new contract.

CUPE also criticizes the disintegration of home support services on the following issues:

  • The availability of services and the hours for each client.
  • Retention, salary ($13.65 per hour) and failure to recruit.
  • The inacceptable delays in services.
  • The travel policy of 12 cents per hour of driving.

“On top of not having guaranteed hours of work, we really earn less than $11/hour because we have to pay for our own transportation when visiting our clients. Is the Red Cross asking us to subsidise them?” asks Thérèse Duguay.

“I have never seen an employer do that, to have so little respect towards its employees and its clientele. The Red Cross is one of the worst employers in New Brunswick. The government must intervene immediately to force the Employer to start negotiations,” says Robert LeMoignan, CUPE representative.

1518036907 299 home support care in new brunswick the province must interveneThe service agreement between the Province and the Red Cross was supposed to guarantee a reasonable level of home care services that would be accountable, efficient and transparent. The last eight years show how this agreement has failed.

“Their work organization is dysfunctional and demonstrates a certain complacency in its management of services, and clients and workers are the ones paying the price for this. Grants and subsidies given by the government don’t trickle down to the front-line workers.” says Robert LeMoignan.

“The solution is to make home care services a public service. Public services respect their duties of being accountable, negotiate reasonably and to deliver results. It’s time to make home care services a public service for the good of the clients and workers,” says Duguay.

At the press conference, Daniel Légère, CUPE NB President, challenged all political parties to include fully publicly managed community care services in New Brunswick in their electoral platform.

CUPE Local 4598 represents 136 Canadian Red Cross home support workers. They work in Grand-Falls, Edmundston, Campbellton, Bathurst, Tracadie, Miramichi in Richibucto areas.


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