Pinoy youth joins health care workers rally in New Jersey

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 11 2009 01:23 PM | Updated as of Jul 11 2009 09:23 PM

Members of progressive Filipino youth organizations rallied behind health care workers demanding for better wages and benefits at Castle Hill Nursing Home in New Jersey.

“As sons and daughters of immigrant and health care workers ourselves, we know how it feels to see our parents work hard and still not earn enough. We express our support to the workers in Castle Hill nursing home and to all the workers who are suffering the same fate.” Said Yves Nibungco, Deputy Secretary-General of Anakbayan New York/New Jersey.

Aside from Anakbayan members, the rally was also supported by the National Alliance for Filipino Concerns (NAFCON).

The demonstrators carried banners and placards and held a program in front of the nursing home where a significant number of workers are Filipinos.

In a press statement, the youth groups said the Castle Hill is one out of four facilities under Omni Nursing Homes.  Workers employed there have no contract since 2007 and are paid less than $8/hour.

“These workers here in Castle Hill provide care for their patients, but who takes care of them? With their current wage and lack of benefits, it is clear that their employer doesn’t care about them,” said another Anakbayan member Kathleen Dy.

Meanwhile, NAFCON executive Vice President Rico Foz urged the management to heed the demand of the workers.