Community workers at WestCoast Family Centres on strike Wednesday, joining BC Fed rally

Community workers at WestCoast Family Centres will be on strike Wednesday November 28, 2012.

The striking workers will be joining hundreds of trade unionists for a rally in downtown Vancouver in support of a fair and reasonable deal for community social services, community health and post secondary education workers.

The rally will take place Wednesday, November 28 at noon, and is being organized by the B.C. Federation of Labour.

Community workers want to send a clear message to the B.C. government: stop putting vulnerable families last!

The BCGEU represents about 50 WestCoast Family Centre workers who provide intensive in-home parent support and education programs to vulnerable families and children on the North Shore, in Port Coquitlam, Ridge Meadows, and Vancouver.

Since 2004, the B.C. Liberal government has cut $300 million in funding for programs that support vulnerable families, recent immigrants, the developmentally disabled, at-risk youth, and children and infants in community-based programs across the province.

Community workers across the province have faced a decade of declining wages. Starting wages for caring professionals are below the living wage. Residential care workers now start at $15.54 an hour, down from $16.83 ten years ago. That’s a wage cut of one-fifth, factoring in inflation.

Since October 16, rotating strike action in community services has impacted agencies around British Columbia, including in Vancouver, Kamloops, Prince George Victoria, Nelson, Vernon, Williams Lake, and many others.


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