Ontario Federation of Labour

Ontario Federation of Labour

March 20, 2007 16:35 ET


Attention: Assignment Editor, Media Editor, News Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor TORONTO--(CCNMatthews - March 20, 2007) - The Ontario Federation of Labour and its affiliates recognize and support the recognition of March 21st as the Day for the Elimination of Racism and Discrimination and are committed to provide all workers, their families and community members the right to equal treatment with respect to goods, services and facilities, without discrimination because of race, ancestry, place of origin, colour, ethnic origin, citizenship, creed or other grounds.

The stark reality for many working people in Ontario is the fact that a job does not mean a passport out of poverty. One-third of all low income children live in families where their parents work full-time all year round. There are workers whose home is a shelter and the grocery store is a food bank.

A contributor to the social and economic disparity of racialized workers is the deplorable fact that Ontario's minimum wage is too low and employment standards are out of date and ineffective.

The OFL is actively lobbying both levels of government to immediately increase the minimum wage to $10. Working people in Ontario need to earn at least $10 an hour to even reach the poverty line.

Women, immigrants and workers of colour are the workers who are in jobs with the worst wages and the worst working conditions. Their working lives include gender and racial discrimination; lack of recognition of foreign credentials and work experience; predatory employers and lax government enforcement of workers' rights.

"The Ontario Federation of Labour believes that neither discrimination nor racism should be a deciding factor in a person's right to affordable housing, the right to free public education and training and the right to a decent full-time job," said Terry Downey, OFL executive vice-president.

The OFL and its affiliated unions will continue to fight for the elimination of racism and discrimination provincially, nationally and globally.

cope343 /For further information: Terry Downey
OFL Executive Vice-President
416.578.3230 (cellular)/ IN: LABOUR, MEDIA, POLITICS, OTHER

Contact Information

  • Dana Boettger, OFL Communications Director
    Primary Phone: 416-441-2731 ext. 665
    Secondary Phone: 416-443-7665
    Toll-Free: 800-668-9138