French nursing home workers protest staff shortages, cost cuts

admin   •   January 31, 2018   •   2815

French nursing home carers went on strike on Tuesday saying staff shortages were leaving them unable to care adequately for patients.

The strike was called by most major unions who are demanding better funding and more staff to bring the patient-carer ratio to 1:1 — in line with government recommendations from 2006 — as opposed to 1:6 on average.

“We don’t have the time to stay, to take their hand, to talk with the person, to try and listen to them. Because we’re also there to provide a bit of humanity. First and foremost it’s a humanitarian job. We need to listen to them. Perhaps some of them don’t have any children. We are their children. We don’t have time. We don’t have the time. You see them looking at you and you go home and you’re crying or you’re feeling upset because you feel like you’ve wasted your day for low pay,”  said CFDT Nurse Representative Union Nacera Boudriche.

Protesters said they had a matter of minutes to wash, dress and feed each resident, and frequently did not have the time to spend talking to the patients, many of whom suffer from loneliness.

A delegation of the strikers was received at the health ministry though not by the minister Agnes Buzyn, who answered questions in parliament saying the government had promised 100 million euros for increased staffing.

“Today as I arrived at the [health] ministry I became aware of how hard it was working in an old people’s home, and in the social security finance bill 2018 we have taken account of what’s needed in terms of staffing by adding 100 million euros to the budget allotted to the care provided by staff in old people’s homes, said the French health minister.

The workers have long complained about increasingly difficult conditions at semi-public nursing homes, and sent a letter in October to President Emanuel Macron warning of an “explosive situation.” — Reuters

Hundreds of protesters in El Paso rally to condemn Trump’s visit

Aileen Cerrudo   •   August 9, 2019

Courtesy: Reuters

Hundreds of protesters gathered in El Paso on Wednesday (August 7) to condemn U.S. President Donald Trump’s visit to meet victims and first responders from last weekend’s deadly shooting.

People waved signs and chanted ‘El Paso strong’ and ‘go home, Trump.’ Democratic Presidential Candidate Beto O’Rouke and El Paso Congresswoman Veronica Escobar addressed the crowd.

“At a time that we are under attack, we are told to remain silent, we are standing up, loud and proud to be counted with our fellow Americans as the best example of this country after one of the worst disasters she has ever seen,” O’Rourke said.

Protesters accused Trump of inflaming tensions with anti-immigrant and racially charged rhetoric.

“He has said some horrible things about many different people and his words have impacted our community. He’s motivated people to do hateful things, like what happened on Saturday,” said Veronica Carrillo, 37.

Trump visited survivors in their hospital rooms at the University Medical Center in El Paso. Supporters gathered outside the hospital holding signs welcoming him to the city.

“Not everyone in El Paso is a hater. Some of us love the president of the United States and we love the other El Pasoans, and we pray for the people who want us to hate each other,” said Tracy Kaden, 58, owner of a small manufacturing company.

The massacre, where 22 people died, is being investigated as a hate crime and act of domestic terrorism, authorities said.

The FBI said the Dayton shooter also explored violent ideologies.

Hong Kong police to ban march planned against gang violence on protesters

Robie de Guzman   •   July 26, 2019

Riot police clash with anti-extradition bill protesters as they arrive to disperse protesters from the Legislative Council Building in Hong Kong, China, 02 July 2019.

Hong Kong police on Thursday (July 25) defended their decision to ban a march against mob violence in the Yuen Long district this coming weekend.

Organizers of the march planned to demonstrate against violence inflicted on anti-government protesters and commuters at a train station on Sunday (July 21) by an apparent gang wielding batons.

Marches, rallies and other political events in Hong Kong generally need to receive a so-called letter of no objection from police before going ahead, which was on Thursday withheld by police citing safety concerns.

Sunday’s unprecedented attack led to fierce criticism of the police, who have been accused of arriving late to the scene and failing to immediately arrest the perpetrators. Hong Kong residents came out in the subsequent days to build large-scale “Lennon Walls” – a colorful notice board with political statements, where they encourage more people to come out to march to the Yuen Long MTR station, the site of the attack.

Sunday’s attack left 45 people injured and came during a night of escalating violence that opened new fronts in Hong Kong’s widening crisis over an extradition bill that could see people from the territory sent to China for trial in Communist Party-controlled courts. (REUTERS)

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Gabriela Partylist questions PNP’s random inspection of protesters during SONA

Aileen Cerrudo   •   July 19, 2019

Gabriela Partylist questions the random inspection to be implemented by the Philippine National Police (PNP) on protesters during President Rodrigo Duterte’s State of the Nation Address (SONA).

The party-list said the said measure violates the constitutional right to privacy.

According to their statement, the random inspection might probably lead to harassment or arrest of protesters without a proper warrant.

“Such security overkill dangerously sets up a pretext for intimidation, harassment and even warrantless arrest of activists based on planted evidence,” they said in their statement.

An estimate of over 40,000 protesters will join the anti-Duterte administration rally on Monday (July 22).

The Philippine National Police (PNP) announced on Thursday (July 18) that they will ‘most likely’ conduct random inspections on protesters as part of their strict implementation of security measures.—AAC (with reports from Grace Casin)

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