Unifor declared after the results of the Ontario election that a Ford win demonstrates a need for continued activism to defend public services, workers’ rights and equity in Ontario. The mobilization of labour starts on Saturday, June 16, with the Rally for Decent Work in Toronto.
“If Doug Ford thinks that the result of this election is a carte-blanche to wage attacks on workers and unleash cuts to public services from the Conservative’s handbook, then he’s about to be very surprised,” said Jerry Dias, Unifor National President. “Working people in Ontario are organized, and will continue to defend the gains we have made and together we will push to make life better for all.”
The union is urging all members to join in a demonstration on Saturday, June 16 to show Doug Ford that workers’ rights are not be up for debate, and that working people will continue to push every day for progress towards a more just and equitable province.
“This election showed the importance of ongoing community and political involvement, not just during elections,” said Naureen Rizvi, Unifor Ontario Regional Director. “I encourage all Unifor members to join me on Saturday, now is the time to unite in our communities and to reach out and mobilize for workers’ rights in Ontario.”
What: Rally for Decent Work
Where: 400 University Avenue, Toronto (then marching to Queen’s Park)
When: Saturday, June 16, 2018 at 1:00 p.m.
All locals and members of Unifor are strongly encouraged to join people from across the province at this rally, and to bring large contingents wherever possible.
The event, hosted by the Ontario Federation of Labour, is more than a protest to demand protection for a fairer minimum wage. The Rally for Decent Work in 2016 kick-started the push for increased protection for workers that we won through the changing workplaces review and Bill 148. This event also demands that the government strengthen protections for all workers who call Ontario home.
Please reach out to Roland Kiehne, Director of Membership Mobilization and Political Action, at email@example.com if you have any questions about the event or need bus information on how to get to Toronto.