In response to Gordon Campbell's article on aged care (Secret scandal of rest home workers, May 31). I worked in aged care for several years.
We tried to unionise the workforce, with the intention of going on strike for better pay and conditions. Better conditions for the staff leads to better conditions for the clients. Karl Marx said "Power concedes nothing without a struggle".
Even though the workers knew they were being downtrodden, they were not prepared to do anything about it. We couldn't even unionise 30 per cent of the workforce.
The way I see it, if you're not prepared to stand up for your rights, you deserve to be downtrodden.
- Horowhenua Mail