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Moncton Minister MacAlpine’s plan to increase compensation rates for nursing home workers comes in at the wrong end and won’t solve what’s causing more accidents and injuries, says the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE).

It’s frustrating when people you care for keep saying ’help me, help me’ and you keep saying ’wait, wait,’ but that’s what an unmanageable workload boils down to. It’s an accident waiting to happen, says Valerie Black who works at the Carleton Manor Nursing Home in Woodstock.

Until we can get out from under these crushing workloads, both worker compensation rates and injuries will continue to rise. It’s simple, more staff means a manageable workload with fewer injuries, less claims and lower rates, says Black.

The New Brunswick Council of Nursing Home Unions is part of the Health and Safety Best Practices Working Group designed to reduce accidents and decrease insurance premiums. They say injured workers wouldn’t suffer in the first place if there were more people to do the job.

Accidents and injuries are increasing because we have dedicated but overworked staff’, says Michel Boudreau, president of the Council. Everyday our aging population is putting more pressure on workers who care. What we need is more staff at all levels and better equipment.

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For more information:

Michel Boudreau, president, New Brunswick Council of Nursing Home Unions,
(506) 381-7490 (cell), (506) 857-3560 (work), (506) 383-8850 (home)
Gordon Black, Representative, CUPE New Brunswick, (506) 461-4829 (cell)
Richard McGrath, CUPE Communications, (613) 237-1590 ext. 267 (work)