Labour Day 1998

Toronto, Ontario

September 7, 1998


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Labour Day 1998
dated September 7, 1998

Toronto, ON

Over 30 thousand labour activists marched through the streets of downtown Toronto. Across Canada, tens of thousands more marched in their cities, all voicing the same concern, that labour has to stand up for working people.

Buzz Hargrove
CAW National President
"We have to fight back, we have to stand up and be counted. We have to fight back not only on our own behalf, but on behalf of those who are less fortunate than we are, those who don't have work or are working in part time jobs, with low pay and no benefits. If you let business have its way, we'll all be working for next to nothing and you will destroy the world economy."

The battle will be fought on two fronts, the political front and organizing non-unionized workers.

Buzz Hargrove
CAW National President
"The hospitality sector, the service sector is a growing area of the economy. It is the economy of the next decade at least and it is mostly part time workers who are low paid, with very little commitment by the employers to work force. More and more these people are going to be turning to unions and we are going to be in the forefront of bringing people into our Union and into the labour movement."

Canadian Labour Congress president Bob White echoed Hargrove's words

Bob White
CLC President
"We have to reach out to other sectors of society in terms of organizing. We have to keep mobilizing against regressive legislation. We have got to remember that we are part of the whole social agenda so that things like health care, education, poverty, are all part of concerns of the labour movement and we have to be there and be the people fighting that as well."

On the political front Hargrove criticized the move towards business on the part of the Federal NDP.

Buzz Hargrove
CAW National President
"What we need today is a party that speaks out for working people, speaks out for the unemployed, speaks for those without voice in our society. We have to keep pushing our party. We may have to take even greater measures as we head into this new year."

In Ontario, strategic voting may have to be part of the scenario in order to defeat the Harris government.

Buzz Hargrove
CAW National President
"We have to look at all avenues that are available to us to defeat the Harris government and that may very well mean that in some ridings that we support other parties than the NDP, where the NDP doesn't have a chance."


CAW "Fighting Back Makes a Difference."


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