Each October 7 we mark the World Day for Decent Work (WDDW) with international labour organizations renewing the demand for good pay and working conditions and the call for social justice for workers and our families.
While decent work and dignity for workers should be a given right it remains a goal that we must fight to achieve both around the globe and here at home in Canada. Last week Unifor members gathered to protest at Fiera Foods in Toronto to decry the death of Enrico Miranda, sadly one of approximately 1,000 workers killed annually on the job in Canada. Employed as a “temporary” worker at Fiera for years, Miranda was the fifth worker to lose his life while working at the industrial bakery since 1998.
The lack of regulation of temporary workers in Canada has led to substandard working conditions and the exploitation and abuse of those who are often too desperate to keep their jobs to voice their concerns. This is why Unifor members must speak loudly on their behalf and on behalf all workers. In the coming weeks we will be asking for support as we escalate action against Fiera Foods and the injustice of using temporary workers, with lower pay, few rights and no benefits, to do full-time work.
This year the theme of the World Day of Decent Work is “Investing in care for gender equality.” Investment in care for children, for seniors and in health care will reduce unpaid work by women, facilitate their entry into the workforce, and help to eliminate the gender pay gap.
Unifor has worked to advance gender equality through the union’s advocacy for universal daycare, improved health care funding and paid domestic violence leave here in Canada and through the Unifor Social Justice Fund’s support of international programs.
Today on WDDW, we stand in solidarity with workers everywhere to build a global economy that puts people first. Please share your support of the World Day for Decent Work on social media using the hashtag #wddw19.