||Issue No. 169||07 March 2003|
Re-considering The Accord
Poetry: If I Were a Rich Man
Interview: League of Nations
Industrial: 20/20 Hindsight
Organising: On The Buses
Unions: National Focus
History: The Banner Room
International: The Slaughter Continues
Legal: A Legal Case For War?
Culture: Singing For The People
Review: The Hours
Poetry: I Wanna Bomb Saddam
Satire: Diuretic Makes Warne's Excuses Look Thin
The Locker Room
Strangers in the House
Nursing Home Concerns
Letters to the Editor
Nursing Home Concerns
I was just reading through your entire web sight and was amazed that people are actually allowed to stand up for them selves in the work place.
what Im about to say remember, Nursing homes hire the bulk of its Ains as immigrants.Mainly because they do not know their rights,they do not know anything other then how to give showers and change people take them for a walk and basic skills not requiring anything other then normal ADL's they would perfrom daily on them selves.They have no basic skills and most immigrants are either beginning to make a go in Australia so most are not only unaware they dont have to be treated this way and most have no real education and english isnt a required tool to shower walk and clean a resident in a nursing home.Some come because they are also supporting family members in countries they came from so they work from 6 30 am to 9 or 11 at night.I have seen it done over and over in one place in particular.Not only are they exausted but they often have injurys ,they out of fear DO not report.The boss will cut their hours and they then can"t support two or three families.Another issue,All do!
ing these kinds of hours place other nurses at risk for higher injuries because they often cant carry their work load .But often it is ignored and you just have to put up or shut up
I work for a place now that has dreadful issues with employers treating their employees with disreguard to any rights or dignity a person may have. They dirrectly discriminate towards any race if they feel the need to do so.Its with in the nursing home industry. Most management can yell for no reason in front of other employees making false accusations and it be dirrectly their fault but refuse to admit they are in the wrong but yell and say humiliating things and you are shocked and stand there and cry in fron of everyone.I have had my boss pull my hair saying it needed to be cut. And I had short hair and most girls always look nice there.I take pride in how i present myself at work.And it wasnt a nice guesture and I was shocked I didnt turn around and hit her as hard as she pulled it and she was serious.Alot of us have had our bosses make up rules for one employeee and another for another employee who may have the same request.We have had our bras snapped from behind because it wasnt the "right color" and it was not our choice for the uniform top which she decided upon.We have had our bosses change rosters whith out notice,we have worked short as in one section with 15 patients needing high care attention and our boss say if you dont like it leave.And of course when you do that, you have neglected a person in your care which could be an offence.Which would be carried with you for the rest of your life.Dirrect OHandS issues ignored on our safety in those kinds of respect.
If you get injured its worse.They call you at home wanting to know where you are at at all times.If you werent home at the time they called they would say where have you been why havent you told us where you are going.They ask you to call your doctor and have you caome back to work.And most all injures are serious ones when your injured and you cant but they continue to call and make you feel you will loose your job.And in may cases you are told if you dont tell your doctor you are able to return to work and more planely put if you dont come back now..you wont have a job.Some gilrs have had the boss show up at their homes seeing if they are genuinely ill.This HAS happened.One girl crawled on her lounge room floor to answer her door to find the boss of this nursing home there.Yes,at her door.She had a work cover certificate covering her as she had fell in the bathroom and hurt her ankle and it was in plaster.There have been girls with Xrays and MRIs prooving serious injury and they have been called and told to return to work.They have also been told their doctor isnt competent.They have been denied medical treatment forcing them back into the work force still injured and they work until it comes to the point where they can't and then most always behind closed doors told they either get better or they will no longer support your injury.Most often told its costing them a fortune to get your injury fixed when they have been denied treatment at their request from their insureance company so you will give up and leave injured for the rest of your lives.The general public who bring in their family members for care have no Idea what the Ain's of australia endure.We give the primary care to their family members and at a cost to our own lives and most always never told thank you by the management who do these things to their primary care givers.
Im saying something because most Ains need to work,they dont want to take mony off the governemt to support them at home doing nothing.Ains are paid the least wages for the work they do.Its hard enough .But to have bosses who have no reguard for the workers and their needs is so hard.No one can ever immagine.I wish some one could come in undercover and see what REALLY happens to employess.No one will believe what I am writing but I can tell you along with about 70 people I know of who can say yes this has been happening for a very long time but there is nothing we can do.Our boss has stated many times I know everyone.If you get injured or because of your injury you will never have another job.Its almost like a silent way of saying keep your mouth shut or else.Last but not least one place has a rewards system..it wasnt started like it sounds.It started out as people who dont have an injury there is a reward to have holidays, but when people tried to voice what they felt it changed but we all knew it is dont report injury and you might be lucky to have a 3 day holiday.But to look at this rewards sheet and what you had to do inorder to acheieve this reward, it was unrealistic and they choose who gets it.And its the favorites in their work place who have rules one way for them and another way for the rest.Like i said, most people wouldnt believe it, but Ains know.And I wish we all could come together and fight how Ains in nursing homes are truly treated.
I have said what Ive had to say.I hope others who may view this can come forward and say so too.This IIIS happening and I wish I knew the steps to prevent employers from treating people this way because they "CAN".
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