Caregivers in Canada demand better working conditions, residency program

Community News & Features Jan 11, 2019 at 5:01 pm
Whitney Haynes (left), Director of AWARE (Alberta Workers Association for Research and Education); Cynthia Palmaria (center), Migrante-Alberta Secretary; Gregie Flores ight), member of Migrante-Alberta (rspeak before a group of care workers in Alberta, Canada, Nov. 18.  (Contributed photo)

Whitney Haynes (left), Director of AWARE (Alberta Workers Association for Research and Education); Cynthia Palmaria (center), Migrante-Alberta Secretary; Gregie Flores ight), member of Migrante-Alberta (rspeak before a group of care workers in Alberta, Canada, Nov. 18.
(Contributed photo)

“We need to have an open work permit to protect ourselves from abusive employers. An employer specific work permit encourages inhumane treatment – in our pursuit of 24 months completion to qualify for permanent presidency, we endure disrespect and belittling insults.”

By DELFIN DEL ROSARIO
Bulatlat.com

ALBERTA, Canada – Worker rights advocates are demanding an overhaul of Canada’s caregiver program saying the pilot program has not improved but has maintained an abusive system for the sector.

The Canadian federal government is eyeing review of the current program which is set to expire in November 2019. The program was rolled out in 2014, the implementation of which was criticized for lack of consultation, input or direction from care workers.

The call was made during the launching of a national alliance of careworkers on November 18. Press conferences were simultaneously held in major cities of Toronto, Edmonton, Vancouver, Montreal and Ottawa.

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