CAW Council Endorses Fight Against Precarious Work

December 4, 2009

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CAW Council Endorses Fight Against Precarious Work
dated December 4, 2009

Toronto, Ontario
December 4, 2009

Toronto, Ontario
December 4, 2009

Deena Ladd
Workers Action Centre

       "This is a fundamental restructuring of how we work. Where corporations and employers across this country do not want to have any responsibility for their workforce. They want to use every single way that they can to download the cost of running their business onto individual workers, through not hiring us directly and challenging our right to organize collectively. This is not a new strategy, this is a strategy that's been going on for a long time. Employers with the support of government have been successful for the past 30 years in moving more work beyond the reach of regulation and union protection."

Ken Lewenza
CAW National President

       "Low wage and non-unionized immigrant workers. Most of them work on precarious jobs. They face discrimination, frequent violations of their rights, and have no benefits in their workplace."

Cammie Peirce
CAW Local 1285

       "When they announced the elimination of the third shift at Brampton Assembly plant, people were concerned but confident. Confidence has faded, E.I. is exhausted, sub is finished. And the good jobs have disappeared. The new jobs that have been created are part-time, temporary, often through agencies, contract work, or self employment. These jobs offer no security, low wages, limited hours and little or no benefits. Today they are called precarious jobs or survival jobs, and they deliver a lifestyle of insecurity and struggle."

Sari Sairanen
Director CAW National Health & Safety

       "Precarious work is unfortunately becoming the norm in our workplaces, in our society. And that has a huge impact. We heard a little bit about the health & safety impact, but there's a grander impact and that's on our mental health. Mental health, when you look at the psycho-social stressors that affect somebody's mental well being, at the top of the list is precarious work."

Fizul Karim
CAW Local 112

       "We see today more and more women are victims of that precarious process when they hit the workforce."

Elaine Walker
President CAW Local 830

       "I was appalled after working for some many years in health care and I moved to the province of Ontario, to find that we have agency people, so I inquired because I'd never heard of them before. And I found out to my dismay that these were people that were called in to work shifts at minimum wage."

Greg Burton
President CAW Local 303

       "Brothers and Sisters, precarious work affects all of us. So we have to continue to challenge the legal powers and the legal political powers that allow precarious work to flourish."

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