Unifor pledges support to Syrian refugees


TORONTO, Sept. 14, 2015 /CNW/ - Unifor will be supporting the resettlement of five Syrian refugee families in Canada, as well as making a substantial donation to the UNHCR.

"Unifor members have been deeply touched by the refugee crisis in Syria," said Jerry Dias, Unifor National President. "We must respond with humanity and generosity."

The Unifor Social Justice Fund and the national union are partnering with a Canadian settlement organization to fund the resettlement of five Syrian families.

The Social Justice Fund is also making a donation of $160,000 to the Canadian arm of the UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, to provide desperately needed support to Syrian refugees living in Jordan.

Unifor has joined the chorus of voices calling on the federal government to take immediate action to receive Syrian refugees.

"We urgently need to reform our immigration system so that it is effective, efficient and consistent with Canadian values," said Dias. "This current crisis is the latest indicator of how far astray we have gone from making a meaningful international contribution to refugee settlement and meeting our responsibilities to protect human rights."

Unifor is Canada's largest union in the private sector, representing more than 310,000 workers.  It was formed Labour Day weekend 2013 when the Canadian Auto Workers and the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers union merged.