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September 8, 2011


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CAW Job Forum
CAW Good Jobs Bad Jobs Forum
dated September 8, 2011

Toronto, Ontario
September 8, 2011

      

Toronto, Ontario
September 8, 2011


Annie Labaj
CAW Director International Department

       "Today we hope that we will be able to share some information about what is happening to workers in Denmark, what is happening to workers in Canada, what kind of strategies are being put forward and what kind of initiatives we are going to take from today on."


 Deena Ladd
Workers' Action Centre

       "In 2008 Statistics Canada found that recent immigrants are more likely then Canadian born workers to be in temporary or part time jobs, end up in jobs for which they are over qualified and be paid lower wages. This is an institutionalized practice in this country to pay people lower because of the colour of their skin and where they were born. I think that if we don't understand that and if we don't insure that that is integrated in our analysis and in our organizing, in our research and our policy and in who we do our education to, we are missing the boat."


Arne Nielsen
3F United Federation of Danish Workers

       "In the European Union every worker is allowed to get a job in Denmark. But what is wrong is when you get a job as a brick layer, a Polish bricklayer in Denmark most of them are not getting well paid, they are not getting paid the rate of the Danish collective agreement. But actually the bad guys are not the workers, the bad guys are the companies who use the workers and do not want to pay them what we are used to getting paid. And that puts pressure on our jobs."


 Bente Andersen
3F United Federation of Danish Workers

       "It is very difficult to get out in the work places that have been out sourced. Normally we would have a hundred percent who would be organized but after the companies come in then we only have between thirty and fifty percent of the workers organized. It is not easy."


Angelo DiCaro
CAW National Representative

       "I would argue that the economic crisis did not change anything, it accelerated a transition towards an economy that is dominated by precarious work. It is a comment on how poor the debate is in Canada about job quality."


Armine Yalnizyan
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives

       " This is a moment for us to lift the vale on how trickle down has not worked at all and will not work if we keep providing more of the balance of power to the employers and unions are uniquely placed to lift that vale in a way that no individual employee can, in a way that no civil society organization can, in a way that faith based organizations can. So to make yourselves relevant as unions you have to be speaking to the people you don't represent and to the people that actually hire your workers and others that your people are competing with. "


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