Working people in Ontario, and across the country, have a challenging road ahead, as Canada begins the long path of economic recovery post COVID-19.
Speaking live to members at the Build Back Better Summer Summit, Rizvi reflected on the spirit of community and common good that the COVID-19 pandemic has brought to working people.
“We have to remember this feeling of unity and solidarity as we face the next series of choices,” Rizvi said. “We can act out of fear, allow working people to be divided, and find ourselves yet again down a path of austerity and inequality. Or, we can stick together like we have through this crisis and ensure that Canada’s economic recovery benefits all people who call this country home.”
Unifor’s Road Map for a Fair, Inclusive, and Resilient Economic Recovery establishes the long-overdue changes that must be implemented for Canada to build back better.
Rizvi delivered a heartfelt thank you to workers on the frontline, particularly workers in healthcare and long-term care.
In December 2019, Unifor relaunched the Care Takes Time campaign, and called on Premier Doug Ford to fix the dangerously low staffing levels in long-term care, particularity in for-profit homes. The premier never responded to the challenge, and let a bill to guarantee a minimum standard of care die in the Legislature.
The failed experiment of for-profit long-term care in Ontario must come to an end. Add your name to the petition to fix long-term care.
Following the live address, members from across the province engaged in a conversation on the rapidly changing nature of work, both those that were taking hold in the workplace before this crisis, and new changes present today.
Automation and new technologies are increasingly present in workplaces. The added challenges of working from home and applying social distance appear to be accelerating the implementation of these technologies on the job.