Today many of us are working alongside temp workers in our workplaces, or our jobs have been outsourced to temp agencies, or we're seeing more and more of our full-time jobs turn into part-time work, or an increase in sub-contracting - or even all of the above. It's harder and harder to land a good-paying, secure, unionized job these days, as most "job creation" is part-time, insecure, temp, and/or non-unionized. And, decent jobs, as we know them, are under attack.
In this one-day program we look at current economic trends and their impact on unionized and non-unionized workers. Participants discuss key corporate models (including Wal-Mart, Nike and Manpower) whose influence is undermining decent work. We review government choices (like cuts to EI and social assistance, and free trade deals) that limit workers choices, contribute to the rise of precarious work, and undermine good jobs.
The course is aimed at strengthening solidarity between workers in precarious jobs (who may be in our workplaces) and workers with decent jobs. Emphasis is on building strategies for limiting precarious work, protecting decent jobs, and increasing rights for temp workers. Discussions include collective bargaining strategies, campaigns for strengthening employment standards protection, holding employers liable for subcontractors and so-called independent contractors, etc., and participating in the international Decent Jobs Campaign.