Canadian Labour Congress

Canadian Labour Congress

November 17, 2007 08:00 ET

Media Advisory/REMINDER: Workers' Rights and Workers Wronged

International Workers' Rights Advocate in Toronto

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 17, 2007) - International workers' rights advocate Janek Kuczkiewicz of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) will be available to the media in Toronto on Saturday, November 17, 2007 from noon to 1:00 p.m, in the lobby of the Best Western Primrose Hotel, 111 Carlton Street in Toronto, ON.

The Director of the Human and Trade Union Rights Department of the Brussels-based ITUC, Janek Kuczkiewicz, among other things, is a contributor to the authoritative Annual Survey of Violations of Trade Union Rights. He is in Toronto to promote the idea that respect for workers' rights in our countries is necessary to foster the implementation of trade union and other human rights of workers in countries like Colombia, Burma, Zimbabwe, Burma or Iran.

Under the title "Rights and Wrongs: Human and Labour Rights Under Attack", Kuczkiewicz will discuss the importance of international solidarity and the links between human rights and workers' rights, this evening, Thursday, November 15, 2007, at 7:00 p.m. in room 610 in the Health Sciences Building, University of Toronto, 155 College Street, 6th Floor, Toronto, ON.

Friday (November 16) and Saturday (November 17), Janek Kuczkiewicz will participate, at the Best Western Primrose Hotel, in York University's conference "Workers' Rights, Human Rights: Making the Connection".

"This year, in Canada, the Supreme Court confirmed that to unionize and to bargain collectively is a constitutional right, but workers still have to constantly fight intimidation to exercise these rights. The governments that allow this to happen in Canada will not speak forcefully for what is happening to workers, say, in Colombia," says Janek Kuczkiewicz.

The Canadian Labour Congress, the national voice of the labour movement, represents 3.2 million Canadian workers. The CLC brings together Canada's national and international unions along with the provincial and territorial federations of labour and 136 district labour councils. Web site:

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