TORONTO, Feb. 13, 2014 /CNW/ - Canada's largest union in the private sector is bringing its national
campaign to defend the rights of working people to the Nation's Capital
The meeting, just two days after the federal government handed down its
2014 budget, will focus much of its attention on challenges to workers'
rights coming from the Harper government.
"Unifor is standing up for the rights of Canadians to provide for their
families in safe and stable workplaces," said Unifor National President
Jerry Dias, who will be attending the Ottawa meeting. "Unionized or
not, we believe that's what all Canadian workers want."
Local and national Unifor leaders attending the meeting - at 1pm at the
Unifor offices at 5 Gurdwara Drive - will be discussing Conservative
threats to basic labour rights, and what they can do about it.
"Without unions and collective bargaining, it will be impossible for
most Canadians to attain a decent, secure life," Dias said. "The
current attack by governments across Canada on our basic labour rights
will fundamentally damage our quality of life - and that's why we are
determined to stop it."
The Harper government's Bill C525 would make it easier to decertify
unions in the federal sector, on the basis of biased voting rules. In
Ontario, Conservative Leader Tim Hudak wants to eliminate the Rand
Formula, while Alberta's Conservatives have made it illegal for some
unions to even talk about striking.
Members of Ottawa's business community and local politicians will also
be speaking at the event regarding the role unions play in the local
Hanif Patni, President and CEO of Coventry Connections, who own or
manage Blue Line Taxi, DJ's Taxi, Capital Taxi, and provide dispatch to
West Way Taxi.
Alison McBratney, Managing Director of Human Resources CAA Eastern
Mark Taylor, Ottawa City Councillor and Chairperson of the Community and
Protective Services Committee.
Media are welcome at Today's meeting to get a sneak peak at Unifor's
spring Rights at Work campaign and to talk to the union's top
leadership and research staff about these issues. Similar meetings are
being held in 19 communities across Canada. The meetings began last
month in Windsor.
Unifor was founded Labour Day weekend 2013 when the Canadian Auto
Workers and the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers unions merged.
With more than 300,000 members, Unifor is Canada's largest union in the
For further information:
For more information, please contact Unifor Communications Katie Arnup at 416-333-8097 (cell) or Katie.Arnup@unifor.org, Shannon Devine at 416-302-1699 (cell) or Shannon.Devine@unifor.org or, Stuart Laidlaw at 647-385-4054 (cell) or Stuart.Laidlaw@unifor.org or visit: www.unifor.org/rights