Ontario Federation of Labour

Ontario Federation of Labour

November 30, 2007 12:41 ET

DECENT JOBS LEAD TO DECENT LIVES

STATEMENT FROM THE ONTARIO FEDERATION OF LABOUR FOR DECEMBER 3 - THE INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR DISABLED PERSONS

Attention: Assignment Editor, Media Editor, News Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 30, 2007) - The International Day for Disabled Persons was proclaimed in 1992 by the United Nations to commemorate the anniversary of the World Programme of Action concerning Disabled Persons. The Programme of Action was adopted by the UN General Assembly in 1982. The aim of this observance is to "promote an understanding" of disability issues and mobilize support for the dignity, rights and well-being of persons with disabilities.

This December 3 in our province the OFL is using the words "Decent Jobs Lead to Decent Lives" to focus on the challenges facing many Ontarians with disabilities. Many Ontarians with disabilities are suffering in lives of poverty because they have not had the opportunity to enter and stay in the paid labour market. This is not a situation which should be allowed to continue.

The recent biennial convention of the OFL called for positive action to address this situation. One of these actions was calling on the provincial government to implement a meaningful Ontario and Canada-wide jobs strategy particularly in the economy's manufacturing core - with substantive job creation. The OFL convention put forward a series of recommendations for do-able and needed action.

A second action by the Convention called for the implementation of employment equity in our province. Employment equity is about fairer approaches, removing barriers, communicating openly and integrating new people into different kinds of jobs. It means establishing new policies and practices to meet the demands of a diverse workplace.

In the words of OFL executive vice-president Terry Downey, "It is common sense that decent jobs lead to decent lives. It is also common sense that if all Ontarians are given the opportunity to make a contribution to the economy and society of our province we are all enriched by their efforts. In the spirit of December 3 we call on the government to ensure that all Ontarians are given the opportunity to play a full role in their province. A province that is accessible, supportive and welcoming to them."

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Contact Information

  • Terry Downey, OFL Executive Vice-President
    Primary Phone: 416-578-3230