January 15, 2021
St. John’s – As Newfoundland and Labrador begins a provincial election, workers in the province will look to parties for policies that ensure good jobs for all, and supports key industries.
“A midwinter pandemic election presents challenges of its own, but workers are still engaged and keenly looking for parties and candidates that echo our priorities today and for years to come,” said Linda MacNeil, Unifor Atlantic Area Director. “You only need to look at the working conditions in our retail sector, or the lack of reliable regulations in energy or the fisheries to see where this province can do better for workers and for NL communities.”
The Union is calling on all parties to come forward with clear platforms that reflect workers’ priorities, including commitments to:
- Invest in the protection of energy jobs with stringent conditions that protects jobs and strong environmental and worker safety regulations,
- Implement $15 minimum wage legislation by 2022, 7 paid sick days and equal pay for equal work, protecting part-time and temporary workers.
- Enact regulations that mirror federal initiatives that promote and protect the integrity of the owner-operator inshore fishery.
Unifor will be engaging in a province-wide campaign to encourage members to vote in this election, and to engage with candidates about these critical priorities.
“Despite today’s grave challenges, the workers of NL need a government that is still able to look ahead and plan for a better tomorrow. That’s what Unifor members will be asking from their local candidates in this election,” continued MacNeil.
Unifor is Canada's largest union in the private sector, representing more than 315,000 workers in every major area of the economy. The union advocates for all working people and their rights, fights for equality and social justice in Canada and abroad, and strives to create progressive change for a better future.