Over 25000 workers in the non-profit sector joined a march through Brussels on 31 January to highlight the urgent need for action on jobs and investment in health and social care services. The unions in the sector are warning of the pressures created by understaffing across hospitals, social care, childcare and other vital services and calling on the federal and regional governments to provide the additional funding necessary to improve pay and conditions, take on more staff and invest in these vital services.
Social care workers take to streets over jobs and services
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A trade union alliance involving the CNE, CSC Services Publics, CGSP, SETCA, CGSLB and SLPF coordinated a demonstration in Brussels on 26 April to raise concerns about the state of childcare provision. The protest involved a delegation meeting with the minister for children and health in the Brussels-Wallonia Federation with demands to tackle the long-standing problems of understaffing and precarious work and to prevent the extension of private, for-profit provision across the sector. The union were supported by non-profit providers in the sector.
Unions are concerned that planned legislation on 24-hour care will lead to unqualified and underpaid workers looking after the sick and elderly. The unions argue that mistakes are inevitable if untrained workers are entrusted with medical care and that in the worst case these mistakes could be fatal. The unions have organised a march to and demonstration outside the health ministry building in Vienna no 11 March. [Read more at > GDG (DE)->http://www.gdg.at/servlet/ContentServer?pagename=C01/Page/Index&n=C01_0.b.a&cid=1204494039850] [And at > GPA-DJP (DE)->http://www.gpa.at/servlet