Unifor Statement on International Holocaust Remembrance Day

January 25, 2024


On this solemn occasion of International Holocaust Remembrance Day, Unifor stands in solidarity to honor the memory of the victims and survivors of the Holocaust. The Holocaust a systematic genocide, orchestrated by Nazi Germany during World War II, resulted in the mass persecution and murder of approximately six million European Jews, along with millions of others targeted based on ethnicity, religion, political beliefs, sexuality, and disabilities.

We come together to reflect on the profound lessons of history and reaffirm our commitment to building a world free from hatred, discrimination, and intolerance.

The Holocaust is stark reminder of the consequences of ignorance, bigotry, and unchecked hatred. It is each of our responsibilities to use all means necessary to understand how prejudice and discrimination, when left unchallenged, can escalate into unimaginable horrors. It underscores the vital role of individuals and institutions, including labour unions, in standing up against hatred and bigotry. Unifor acknowledges the responsibility we all share in promoting inclusivity, diversity, equality and a society that values everyone.

We remember the millions of lives lost, the families torn apart, and the communities devastated by the Holocaust. 

We pay tribute to the strength and resilience of the survivors who, against all odds, rebuilt their lives and contributed immeasurably to the world. The stories of Holocaust victims and survivors serve as a testament to the indomitable human spirit and the power of unwavering solidarity in the face of hate and division.

As a union, Unifor remains committed to fostering an environment where our members and all workers can thrive without fear of discrimination or persecution. Through worker solidarity and building better workplaces that champion diversity, equity, and inclusion, we recognize that our true strength lies in our collective ability to celebrate differences and work towards a common goal.

This day is especially important as we continue to witness an alarming rise of antisemitism and Islamophobia here in Canada and across the globe during a time of increased conflict.

On this day, we also recognize the ongoing struggles against antisemitism, Islamophobia, racism, and all forms of hatred. We renew our commitment to challenging discriminatory practices wherever they arise and to promoting education and awareness as powerful tools in the fight against hate.

As a union, Unifor will continue to stand in solidarity with all those who strive for a world where the lessons of the Holocaust guide us towards a future of compassion, understanding, and respect for all.

In commemorating International Holocaust Remembrance Day, Unifor invites our members, partners, and the broader community to join us in honoring the memory of the Holocaust victims, supporting survivors, and continuing our work of building a world where the principles of humanity and justice always prevail.

Together, we remember, we learn, and we organize for a better world for all.