East Harlem May Day: Protest supports laundry workers

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this Chanting “Pay the workers what you owe them, wage theft is a crime,” more than 60 activists turned out on May Day for a protest at TYS Laundromat in East Harlem to support Laundry Workers Center members. TYS owes the workers at least $200,000 in back pay and $400,000 in damages, but continues to try to pay them less and then fire them afterwards.“We are here on this special day — May Day, the workers’ day — to protest bad employers and owners. Thanks to all of you who are here to support our struggle,” said TYS worker Nicolas Benitez. He was cheered by protesters carrying signs reading, “End wage theft NOW! Wage theft is a crime,” “Safe & healthy conditions are the law,” “Respect the workers. No more physical abuse,” and “No walls in the workers’ struggle.”LWC organizer Mahoma Lopez said, “This employer has refused to pay the money owed to the workers. We are also concerned about the unsafe working conditions and exposure to chemicals that may make workers sick later. We are here today to let the TYS workers know they are not alone.”“The laundry workers are mainly women of color, of Asian, African and Caribbean descent,” said LWC organizer Rosanna Rodriguez. “We need a structure change in the laundry industry–to change the conditions of these precarious workers so they can have a better life.” Other rally speakers echoed that theme.Suzanne Adely of the Food Chain Workers Alliance spoke on behalf of 33 workers’ centers of farm, poultry, warehouse, cleaners and other food-industry workers in the U.S. and around the world. “The LWC models how to build workers’ power in East Harlem,” she said.“We have to fight the class struggle every day. There are no walls in the workers’ struggle, here and around the world,” said Larry Holmes of the NYC Peoples Power Assembly. “LWC members are heroes of the working class because they have shown us that, whether at laundries or restaurants or other workplaces, the workers will do what they need to do to fight back. And we need to support them.” He urged everyone to sign the International Workers’ Solidarity Network call at workersolidarity.net for a “May Day every month.”Also addressing the rally were the Street Vendor Project, fighting for permits and to stop police harassment; Families United for Freedom, representing non-U.S. citizens fighting against detention and deportation; BAYAN USA, fighting for the rights of overseas Filipinx workers in the U.S.; Queens Neighborhoods United, active in working-class, immigrant neighborhoods of Jackson Heights, Corona and East Elmhurst in Queens; Harlem Solidarity and Defense, opposing gentrification and gender oppression; and students from the City University of New York and others.The rally ended with rousing chants of “Union, Fuerza, Solidaridad!” (Union, Strength, Solidarity!) and “Que Queremos? Justicia! Cuando? Ahora!” (What do we want? Justice! When do we want it? Now!) as protesters headed downtown to a May Day demonstration on Wall Street. For information on LWC campaigns, visit: laundryworkerscenter.orglast_img read more

Long waiting lists for cataract surgery is short-sighted

first_imgTwitter Background photo created by xb100 – www.freepik.com“Unbelievably high,” is how a Limerick TD has described the waiting list for cataract surgery, with more than 6,000 people awaiting the procedure.Sinn Féin Deputy Maurice Quinlivan said the waiting lists and most notably the waiting times, for cataract surgery for older people are unbelievably high.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up But in the Mid West, the HSE has told the Limerick Post that cataract waiting lists have been almost halved since the opening of a specialist centre in Nenagh Hospital.Deputy Quinlivan said that figures released to Sinn Féin by the HSE have detailed the extent of the long waiting times and waiting lists for cataract surgery across the State.“There are now 6,151 people on waiting lists for cataract surgery, and most worryingly of all is that 256 of these people have been waiting more than a year for treatment.“274 older people are awaiting this sight-saving surgery at University Hospital Limerick, 35 of them having waited over a year so far, which is completely unacceptable.“Cataract procedures usually take around ten minutes to perform, yet there are more than 6,000 patients waiting on an operation across the state.“Patients suffer when they have to wait for cataract surgery, they lose sight, they lose independence, they can have accidents from falls, and all this costs patients’ and the health service more.Deputy Quinlivan pointed to the award-winning Sligo Cataract Scheme with the Association of Optometrists Ireland confirming that the Sligo-Leitrim constituency has the shortest waiting time in the State as a result of this cost-neutral scheme.“This scheme needs to be rolled out nationwide, so Optometrists and Hospital Eye Departments can work together to reduce these waiting lists,” he declared.In a statement, a spokesman for the UHL hospitals groups said that since the opening of the UL Hospitals Cataract Centre at Nenagh Hospital, the inpatient waiting list has seen a 44.7 per cent reduction in the overall number of patients between July 2018 and July 2019.“The number of our patients waiting six months or longer for a cataract procedure has fallen by 79.7 per cent in the same time period.“The UL Hospitals Cataract Centre at Nenagh Hospital, a centre for excellence for cataract treatment, is set to meet its target of 1,400 patients treated by the end of 2019,” the spokesman added. Facebook NewsHealthLong waiting lists for cataract surgery is short-sightedBy Bernie English – August 6, 2019 323 WhatsApp Emailcenter_img Print Advertisement Linkedin Previous articleWATCH: Limerick fall to Tipperary in All-Ireland quarter finalNext articleMost beautiful garden competition 2019 Bernie Englishhttp://www.limerickpost.ieBernie English has been working as a journalist in national and local media for more than thirty years. She worked as a staff journalist with the Irish Press and Evening Press before moving to Clare. She has worked as a freelance for all of the national newspaper titles and a staff journalist in Limerick, helping to launch the Limerick edition of The Evening Echo. Bernie was involved in the launch of The Clare People where she was responsible for business and industry news.last_img read more