Home care workers. Caring, professional and treated like shit

This is how we treat care workers

My Dad, who died 18 months back, had home care help in the last years of his illness. My Mum moved mountains to keep him at home, where he needed to be, but what she achieved simply wouldn’t have been possible without the daily help of agency home care workers.

It really isn’t possible for me to say enough about all of the carers who I met. They were amazing people, doing a really complex job with huge diligence, compassion and enthusiasm. They cared for Dad’s needs in a job that could be physically as well as emotionally demanding. They spotted health concerns and made sure things we wouldn’t have noticed were followed up properly. They took it upon themselves to help smooth out some of the bumps in the healthcare bureaucracy for their clients, in their own time.

But the most remarkable thing is that they managed to maintain this professionalism day in day out, whilst their employer consistently treated them like shit…

Unionmade Goods hipster clothing not actually union made. Whodathunk?

Via a rather pissed off AFL-CIOnow today, I came across a Gawker article about Californian clothing company Unionmade Goods. They sell upmarket priced downmarket looking clothing to the good hipster folk of the Bay Area. All quite pleasant looking, if rather on the pricey side, and topped off with a woolly commitment to ethical sourcing, …

Decent work at the crossroads

World Day for Decent Work today is even glummer this year than usual. 34 million jobs have been lost worldwide since 2008, due to the financial crisis, and 64 million have been pushed into extreme poverty. Yet the austerity measures that so many governments have adopted to respond to the crisis will only make things …

Old bollocks chops is back

Random LOLs whilst reading this month’s GMB magazine. Kevin Maguire has done a nice feature on GMB President (and patron saint) Mary Turner, now Mary Turner MBE, with some great stories about her contributions to the labour movement. Best quote though is saved right to the end: Mary Turner MBE is happy to retell how …

I made a movie!

…starring our photocopier, as it can act a whole lot better than me. Thanks to Moby for allowing me to use the splendid track “18” on this, and to Lianne for clicking repeatedly. BTW: As Mark Twain would likely have tweeted – had I more time, I would have uploaded a shorter video. If you …