Premier Kinew outlines ambitious pro-worker agenda in first year

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WINNIPEG—Workers’ rights and fixing health care were among the top priorities outlined in the Manitoba Speech from the Throne.

The event was witnessed in person by Unifor Western Regional Director Gavin McGarrigle and several members who were active in the campaign to unseat former PC leader Heather Stefanson in the October 3 election.

“It’s rewarding to see our work from the election have immediate results in the government’s plans,” said Gavin McGarrigle, Unifor Western Regional Director. “We’re ready to get to work to ensure there are no obstacles to reducing barriers to unionization.”

Unifor members in the gallery were especially encouraged by a strident promise to “ensure Manitoba Hydro stays public forever.” 

Among other highlights, the throne speech committed to resetting the relationship with First Nations, Metis, and Inuit governments in Manitoba, searching the Brady Road Landfill, and recognizing the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation (September 30) as a provincial statutory holiday. 

Unifor is Canada’s largest union in the private sector, representing 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.

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