Solidarity with Japan

Help the Japanese tsunami relief effort.

Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Relief

As we watch the news and see the story unfold in Japan it is impossible not to be touched by the immensity of this tragedy. We mourn what has happened to the workers, their families, their neighbours and the entire country of Japan, and we reach out in solidarity.

The CAW sent a letter of condolence and solidarity to the unions in Japan following the massive earthquake and tsunami that hit in the Tokohu area of the eastern part of Japan on March 11, 2011.

"Our hearts particularly go out to the citizens living in the Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures, tens of thousands of whom have lost their loved ones, homes and livelihoods. We understand that this loss is immeasurable." -Ken Lewenza, CAW National President in a March 14 letter. Read the rest of the letter here.

The full extent of the loss of life and damage is still unknown.  The damage to infrastructure and power cuts, which are expected to continue into April, are also impacting on transportation causing many employers to urge employees to stay at home.

The International Transport Workers' Federation has set up a webpage to allow supporters to send a message of solidarity with Japanese workers and to get an update on the situation as it evolves.

For more information, please visit:

The CAW will also be joining the solidarity efforts of the trade union movement worldwide.  If you would like to contribute to these efforts a donation can be made to the CAW Social Justice Fund.

Cheques should be made out to:
CAW - SJF Japan Earthquake and Tsunamis Relief
and mailed to 205 Placer Court, Toronto, ON M2H 3H9.

A tax receipt will be issued for contributions of $20.00 and over.