CAW Round Table on Precarious Work

October 7, 2009


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CAW Round Table on Precarious Work
CAW Round Table on Precarious Work
dated October 7, 2009

Toronto, Ontario
October 7, 2009
      

Toronto, Ontario
October 7, 2009


David Robertson
CAW Director of Work Organization and Training

       "Today we're here holding a round table to draw attention to the plight of not only the unemployed, but workers generally in terms of the loss of decent jobs around the world."


Peggy Nash
Assistant to CAW President

       "There is an international campaign, Decent work for a Decent life. Which takes in the broader concept of work not only being about the time you spend at work and obviously the income you get from work but so much of our social standards are tied to your work."

Ken Lewenza
CAW National President

       "So this is a real challenge. I consider precarious work a human right issue. I really do. I think that there is a connection between precarious work and human rights. And I think that we have at the end of the day, have to do a lot of work with government to connect the two. Human rights, labour rights, precarious work, there all connected ."

Deena Ladd
Workers Action Centre

       "We've had a complete systematic restructuring of our economy for the past twenty to thirty years. Where employers have been basically trying to avoid their responsibilities as an employer to the workers that they are hiring. Our complete systematic deterioration of employment standards. Of any labour regulation of government's role in insuring that people who go to work actually just even get paid for that work."

Cammie Peirce
CAW Local 1285 Chrysler Action Centre

       "The action centre has been open for about a year and a half. We're now getting repeat customers. We're getting people who thought they found a good job and have since have been laid off again. We definitely need a strategy for creating good jobs that will pay a good wages and have benefits. I don't know why we can't persuade the politicians to understand how vital it is to the economy."


Aggie Medeiros
Coordinator Brampton Action Centre

       "Former Simmons employees Peter and Bob each with over 30 years experience in warehousing and shipping, both signed up with a temp agency. After five weeks of perfect attendance and punctuality, they we're both informed that their services were no longer required."

Farid Chaharlangi
Jane-Finch GAP

       "It requires a really comprehensive strategy response in order to be able to change, otherwise even after recession we're still going to have a community like Jane-Finch left out on their own without any resources, still being high poverty, very high poverty."

Ken Lewenza
CAW National President

       "There's nothing more important in my mind is to deal with this precarious work because it's all about our Canadian economy. It's about our social fabric. It's about what's our nation going to look like."

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