Community social service workers going on strike – Rally at Christy Clark’s MLA office tomorrow

Fifteen thousand community-based social service workers across B.C. will be in a position to strike as of tomorrow, October 16, 2012.  Their job action will begin with a rally that will start at 10am at Premier Clark’s constituency office at  3615 West 4th Ave. in Vancouver. It will wrap up by 1pm.

Vulnerable families are last on the B.C. government’s list of priorities. Community social service workers are caring professionals, but government cuts are making their jobs harder and putting services at risk.

Since 2004, the government has cut $300 million in funding for programs for the developmentally disabled, vulnerable women, at-risk youth, First Nations & more.

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 on Tuesday.

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 communities across B.C..

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).

The BCGEU is the largest union in the community social services sector, representing about two-thirds of workers.

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