Temp workers speak out about predatory employment

Toronto - Unifor’s East Danforth Community Chapter and the South Asian Women’s Rights Organization will host a public forum on March 23 to reveal the illegal, unfair and discriminatory employment practices of temporary agencies. “Illegal working conditions are experienced by too many workers, but our voices are often silenced as we move from job to job,” said Syeda Sabiha President of the Unifor East Danforth Community Chapter. “As precarious workers we are saying enough is enough; it’s time to make predatory work practices stop.” The forum jointly hosted by South Asian workers in East Danforth and Unifor will demonstrate through worker’s stories why there is a need to change the labour standards in Ontario and to strengthen employment rights for temporary workers. Unifor has called upon the Ontario government to make legislative change through the Changing Workplace Review, including introducing stronger labour law and enforcement mechanisms to protect workers and their rights. Representatives of the media and the public are invited to attend a public forum to hear first-hand stories about predatory employment practices happening in Toronto. · What: Community forum on predatory work practices of temporary agencies · When: Thursday March 23, 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. · Where: Oakridge Community Centre, 63 Pharmacy Avenue, Toronto · Who: Temporary agency workers who are women of South Asian decent involved with the Unifor East Danforth Community Chapter · Why: Learn about the challenges faced by temporary, precarious workers Unifor’s Community Chapters are a new way that workers in precarious, contract or part-time work can organize and gain representation and some of the benefits of a union. “There is no doubt that the workplace of today has changed. Offering the strength and resources of a union is one way to safe guard workers’ rights, but real legislative change is also needed in Ontario,” said Unifor Ontario Regional Director Naureen Rizvi. For information, please contact Unifor Communications Representative Sarah McCue at @email or 416-458-3307 (cell).