Created on: February 13, 2013 Last Updated: February 14, 2013
Anyone on low pay is anxious in the current economic climate. In many countries, such as the U.K, austerity measures are making poor people even poorer. Though unemployment figures are falling, the statistics hide the fact that more people are accepting part time and temporary jobs and short-term contracts, because full-time or permanent positions are very scarce indeed. Job seekers are taking any work that they can find. However, there are
Dairy Farmers may love their cows and their work outside, and city dwellers fondly imagine that a dairy farmer’s life must be idyllic. However, small dairy farmers, caught between the huge agri-businesses and the supermarkets, are having a hard time to get more money for their milk than it costs to produce. Cows cannot tell the time and their needs do not fit in to a cozy nine-to-five. Dairy farmers get up at silly o’clock, to tend their cows, and work long into the evening, seven days a week. Cows still need feeding, mucking out, milking and general care, whatever the weather.
Weather, in many countries, has not been kind to farmers for the past eighteen months. In the United Kingdom, record rainfall levels have meant flooded fields and low grass yield and this means cows being indoors much more than usual, which means the farmer must buy food for them. During the same period, animal feed prices have been rising rapidly. Many dairy farmers are so poor that they qualify for means-tested state benefits. If all that does not cause enough anxiety and stress, agriculture is a dangerous industry. The United Kingdom’s Health and Safety Executive reports that, although only 1.5% of Britain’s workforce works in agriculture, agricultural workers suffer 15-20% of the fatal accidents to British workers annually. Livestock are sometimes unpredictable as are farm vehicles, machinery, hay bales. Farmers can also catch diseases from their animals.
At the difficult moments in people’s lives, they expect the caring professions to be there for them. Nursing assistants assist qualified nurses with patient care; they fetch and carry, assisting patients with bathing, personal care, walking and eating and observe and care for patients as well as a myriad other jobs and tasks. They may work in hospitals, care homes, or other medical facilities under medical and nursing staff direction. For all that trained nursing or health care assistants do,
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