Striking Red Cross PSWs mark week one on the picket line

Thursday, December 19, 2013   by: Kate Adams

Nearly 5,000 Personal Support Workers marked one week on the picket lines across Ontario Wednesday.

The PSWs, who provide homecare across the province for ailing seniors and long term care patients with bathing, dressing, medication and preparing meals, are seeking a better wage from their employer Red Cross Care Partners.

Local union spokesperson Anne Fisher says the current mileage rate has PSWs consistently reaching into their own pockets to cover travel costs to and from clients add to that a current wage of $15 an hour with no wage increase in over five years left workers with no choice but hit the picket lines. 

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