TORONTO, Oct. 4, 2013 /CNW/ - Unifor, Canada's newest union, will
organize a national, multi-stakeholder summit on good jobs in 2014. The
announcement is being made in conjunction with the 2013 World Day for
Decent Work, which takes place October 7.
In a statement released today, Unifor President Jerry Dias said the
union will organize the summit so that "a conversation about creating
and sustaining decent work can start in earnest."
"We need elected officials to help chart a path towards a good jobs
future," Dias wrote. "We need to start raising expectations that we can
win jobs that pay fair wages, are safe and stable. And we want all
workers in Canada to join in."
Dias said the union will actively seek out partners to co-host the
summit, representing Canada's broader civil society, including labour,
First Nations, non-governmental organizations, business and government.
Dias notes that Canada's have witnessed a marked decline in the quality
of jobs on offer. He notes that part-time work makes up nearly 1 in 5
of all jobs (the highest ever) and that temporary work is growing twice
as fast as permanent work, mostly as a result of the growth in
short-term and contract jobs.
"There isn't a sector of our economy where workers aren't threatened
with having their jobs outsourced," Dias wrote. "The past year has
also shown us how corporations misuse and abuse foreign worker
programs, to help drag down work standards."
To build momentum in the lead up to the jobs summit, Unifor is launching
a national outreach strategy encouraging Canadians to reflect on their
jobs and how to improve them. This includes a pan-Canadian billboard
campaign, under the banner "Join the Good Jobs Revolution," as well as
a social media campaign under the hashtag (#GoodJobsRev).
Billboards will be launched on October 7 in Halifax (6331 Lady Hammond
Road), Montreal (De Bleury/Rene Levesque), Toronto (Gardiner
Expressway, Kipling Avenue), Edmonton (103A Avenue/ 97 Street) and
Vancouver (Hastings Street/Columbia Street).
For more information on the initiative, and to read the full statement,
For further information:
Contact Unifor Communications: Shannon Devine (416) 302-1699; Katie Arnup (416) 333-8097 or Stuart Laidlaw (647) 385-4054