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German union ver.di is organising a massive demonstration by Hamburg's care for the elderly workers today in the centre of the city. At 19:00 hours there will be discussion rounds between union members and the CDU (conservative party), the SPD (labour party), GAL (green party) and Linke (left party).
Norbert Proske, ver.di Secretary said, "we demand immediate action on more personnel, more money, better training and the possibility to plan your spare time."
"It is now completely normal for care workers to have to work during their days off or during their holidays because there is such a shortage of personnel. Qualified care workers earn between 10 and 11 Euro per hour. Unqualified care workers get only 5 to 8 Euro per hour. More money will raise the social status of care for the elderly and will make the job attractive again."
Rolf in der Stroth, Works Councillor at the private homes for the elderly operator 'Pflegen und Wohnen' said, "just in Hamburg we have a shortage of 450 care workers. Even temporary employment agencies don't have enough personnel. On top of this, many carers give up because they can't cope with the working conditions. 10 years ago a temporary worker would stay for five years in a job. Now this is down to two to three years."