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Home health aides in the town of Battleford, Saskatchewan are dismayed they only receive $4.50 a day for the use of their personal vehicles, even though they make 6 to 8 trips a day to clients’ homes.

The Health District insists it can’t afford to pay more, adding the use of a vehicle is a requirement of the job.

But CUPE members point out the job posting didn’t state they had to BYOG – bring your own gas. They are demanding the employer provide vehicles. And they’ve given the Health District a deadline to produce them.

In the meantime, the home health aides have developed a job posting that more accurately reflects the requirements for the position. It reads:

Career opportunity:

The Health District is looking for that special someone to join its health care team. Must have:

Special care aide certificate
Valid driver’s license
Use of personal vehicle
Strong navigational skills
Mechanical inclinations
Good relationships, if not close family ties, to auto body shops
Deep pockets for financing deductibles
Drilling rights in the oil patch
Strong desire to subsidize the health care system

Apply early, apply often as no one else is.