BURNABY, BC, Oct. 15, 2012 /CNW/ -
- 15,000 community-based social service workers across B.C. will be in a position to strike as of October 16, 2012;
- Job action begins with a rally on October 16 at 10am in Vancouver.
- Community-based social service workers are the caring professionals who support people with developmental disabilities, at-risk youth, women fleeing violence, First Nations, and other vulnerable members in our community;
- On Tuesday, workers from several Lower Mainland community agencies who serve people with developmental disabilities and support women and children facing violence will be on strike and rallying in Vancouver.
WHEN / WHERE?
- Rally on October 16 from 10am to 1pm
- Christy Clark's constituency office - 3615 West 4th Ave., Vancouver
- Workers will be on hand to speak to media
- Vulnerable families are last on the B.C. government's list of priorities. Since 2004, the government has cut $300 million in funding for programs for the developmentally disabled, vulnerable women, at-risk youth, First Nations & more
- Community social service workers are caring professionals, but government cuts are making their jobs harder and putting services at risk.
- In 2002, the starting wage for a residential care worker was $16.83. Now it's $15.54. With inflation, that's a wage cut of a fifth.
- We are calling on the government to stop putting the squeeze on community social services, and to give a fair and reasonable wage for the workers who do the most with the least.
- Tomorrow's strike action in Vancouver will be followed by job action in Kamloops (Oct. 17) and Prince George (Oct. 18).
SOURCE: B.C. Government and Service Employees' Union
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