San Jose, CA (November 28) — Pilipino Association of Workers and ImmigrantS (PAWIS) Spokesperson Michael Tayag announced today that after a series of five trainings on the conditions of caregivers in Santa Clara County, the first encounter dubbed as Kuwentuhan (telling stories, in English) will be held on Saturday, December 1, 2012 at 12 noon to 3:00 p.m. at the Filipino Youth Coalition (FYC) Office located at 2300 Huran Drive, San Jose, CA.
The invitation was extended by PAWIS and FYC to all caregivers in Santa Clara County to attend the first Kuwentuhan where caregivers will be interviewed on their experiences, work conditions, concerns, and human rights violations as part of the organization’s Caregiver Research (CARE) Project, in collaboration with Anakbayan Silicon Valley (ABSV) and the National Alliance for Filipino Concerns (NAFCON).
“Although caregivers are one of the most isolated and exploited sectors of our society, there is little accessible information about their concrete workplace conditions. The project not only provides such information to advocate for caregivers’ rights and welfare, but also asserts that caregivers are the experts of their own conditions, and empowers them to develop their own research,” Tayag stated.
Last week, the first batch of participants to the CARE project graduated. They were trained to conduct interviews and collect information on the conditions of caregivers in Silicon Valley. After graduation, the next phase of the project includes conducting actual interviews with the wider Flipino caregiver population in Santa Clara County.
Caregivers are those who provide care for the elderly and people with disabilities in residential care homes and assisted living facilities. They regularly consult PAWIS, according to Tayag, about workplace issues such as unpaid wages, overwork due to understaffed facilities, and verbal and physical abuse.
According to Tayag, after a very successful claim of back wages by caregiver Nelly Gonzales with the Department of Labor, five more labor issues are still pending with the Department of Labor. Gonzales was vindicated after the Labor Commission ordered her former employer to pay her $100,000 back wages since 2010.
The Gonzales’ case served as an inspiration for the care givers to fight for their rights and welfare against the abuses of oppressive employers.
For more information, caregivers can get in touch with Tayag at firstname.lastname@example.org or at tel. no. (760) 831-8789.