UFCW Canada

UFCW Canada

May 08, 2009 10:41 ET

UFCW Canada and allies call to end Canada's shameful secret

UFCW Canada, along with three other Canadian labour organizations, is calling on the Harper government to ratify three international Conventions that protect workers’ labour and human rights.

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UFCW Canada, along with three other Canadian labour organizations, is calling on the Harper government to ratify three international Conventions that protect workers' labour and human rights.

UFCW Canada, along with the National Union of National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE), the Canadian Teachers' Federation (CTF), and the Canadian Police Association (CPA) have launched a national campaign to pressure the federal government, and its provincial counterparts, to work together to ratify and implement three core Conventions of the International Labour Organization (ILO).

The ILO is the agency of the United Nations that sets international standards and drafts Conventions regarding the fundamental rights of workers.

"Labour rights are human rights," says Wayne Hanley, UFCW Canada National President. "By failing to ratify three ILO conventions that protect working people, the Harper government continues to ignore the fundamental labour and human rights of workers in Canada."

Canada continues to hold out on ratifying ILO Conventions 29, 98 and 138 which ban forced labour, prohibit the exploitation of child labour, and uphold the fundamental right of all workers to organize unions and bargain collectively (see www.ufcw.ca/shamefulsecret).

"By not acting to ratify these Conventions, our leaders send a message that they condone the worst kinds of worker exploitation," says Hanley. "And in spite of numerous rulings by the Supreme Court of Canada that our Charter of Rights and Freedoms guarantees the right to bargain collectively, we still have workers in this country whose rights to unionize are being violated."

Ontario agriculture workers are one such group. Earlier this year UFCW Canada filed a formal complaint with the ILO over Ontario's current prohibition on farm unions (see www.ufcw.ca/ilo).

"It is long overdue for the Harper government to protect the rights of all Canadian workers by acting to ratify and implement the ILO Conventions," says Hanley, "and we are committed to working with NUPGE, the CTF and the CPA to make that happen."

UFCW Canada (United Food and Commercial Workers Canada) is Canada's largest private-sector union, representing more than 250,000 workers in every aspect of the food industry, as well as other service, commercial, processing, manufacturing, technical and professional occupations.

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Contact Information

  • Michael Forman, Coordinator, Media Relations, UFCW CANADA
    Primary Phone: 416-675-1104 ext. 249
    Secondary Phone: 416-579-8330
    E-mail: mforman@ufcw.ca