Austria - Call for proper training for care workers - May 19, 2011

The VIDA services union used 12 May – national carers’ day – to stress the need to establish a proper training framework for 24-hour care. The union, which has drafted its own proposals on training, points out that people expect trained mechanics to work on their cars, but currently there is no requirement for those caring for the elderly and vulnerable to have any kind of training. The union also argues that recruitment to the sector needs to be improved and an important factor is having clearly organised shift planning so that workers know in advance when they are on duty and are not forced to change their hours at short notice.


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