Below the Line
Cidalia walks us through her day as she describes how she can’t make ends meet on a homecare personal support worker’s salary in Ontario.

 

It’s easy for politicians and activists alike to keep repeating the mantra of “frontline workers” and “poverty-level wages,” without knowing what it actually means to fall behind on bills while working hard all day to keep people well and functioning at home.

The personal support worker (PSW) story is about the women and men who choose to make a living caring for others, but who are undervalued for the essential role they play in the healthcare system – in turn receiving little care for themselves.

“Below the Line: Cidalia’s Story” was granted the 2015 Canadian Labour Media Award for best short video and won “best short film” at the 2015 London (UK) Labour Film Festival.

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