Given eviction notice because she can't pay rent
TORONTO, July 18 /CNW/ - Eugenia Nagar has not been paid for her work at
Impact Cleaning Services Limited (Impact). Almost four weeks after her last
day of work for the company, she is still waiting for her paycheque. In the
meantime, her landlord has given her an eviction notice because she has not
been able to pay her rent.
A complaint has been filed against Impact on her behalf by the Service
Employees International Union, Local 2 (SEIU).
Nagar's first day of work at Impact was June 9th of this year. Because
she felt her supervisor's treatment was abusive, she left two weeks later. Her
last day was June 20th. Despite repeated attempts to contact the company to
receive her wages, she has been ignored.
"One works out of necessity," says Nagar. "What do you call this?
"Many believe that because of their immigration status in Canada they
have no rights...but the Ministry of Labour does not care whether or not you
are documented," she says.
Nagar plans to keep on fighting until there is justice, not just in her
case, but for other workers who are too scared to speak out. "They often 'bite
their tongues' because of the necessity they have - to meet their families'
"It seems they're inadvertently fanning the flames," says Tom Galivan, a
union representative. "This kind of exploitation is not uncommon in the
cleaning industry, and that's why Impact workers are coming together to form a
union; to put an end to these abuses."
The video testimony is available at:
SEIU is the largest and fastest growing union in North America, with
100,000 workers in Canada and 2 million workers across North America.
For further information:
For further information: Tom Galivan, (905) 870-2709