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Fire at Kentex footware factory kills more than 70 workers

June 8, 2015
| Interview with Myles Quero from the KMU about the fire at the Kentex footwear factory where 72 workers were murdered.
Length: 29:58 minutes (27.44 MB)
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Majority of world's workers face job insecurity

June 7, 2015
| A recent report by the International Labour Organization finds that the changing nature of employment is contributing to inequality worldwide. Steven Tobin is senior economist with the ILO.
Length: 11:39 minutes (10.68 MB)
Asia Pacific Currents

Organising workers in Iran and international solidarity

June 5, 2015
| Labour updates from the Asia Pacific region and interview on organising workers in Iran
Length: 29:13 minutes (26.75 MB)

This week in labour: Unions gear up for a summer struggle

Photo: Flickr/Chris Yakimov

June 1 signalled the beginning of summer, and this one is shaping up to be hot with unrest.

With protests and strikes across the country and a federal election on its way, workers will be pounding the pavement to make their priorities known.

You heard it here first: this is going to be a protest summer. 

 

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Crown Holdings strikers call on Ontario government for help

Photo: flickr/Phil Tomlinson

After watching another winter come and go on the picket line, striking workers at Crown Holdings Inc. are appealing to the Ontario government to help them reach a fair resolution in their 21-month long strike.

"The strike has been very difficult for all of us. A lot of people have had to make deals with the bank to try to keep their homes, try to keep their kids going to school," said striking Crown worker Steve McHugh. "We really need the government to step up and protect workers rights here in Ontario."

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Uniform discrimination: City of Toronto lifeguards demand equality in work gear

Photo: flickr/David Crane

If you've ever had to bear the scorching heat of a Toronto summer, you know that city pools are an essential part of the season. Torontonians flock to pools and water parks to find some relief, pools are like oases in the urban desert. 

This year will be no different, except that pool attendants and lifeguards are asking for one small change: a new equity policy for their uniforms.

As it stands, all City of Toronto aquatic staff, lifeguards, and swim instructors are issued the following: a two-piece uniform, consisting of a singlet and swim shorts.

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Injured Workers' Day: Support shouldn't come in half-measures

Photo: Flickr/Bob Jagendorf

On a -45 degree day in January 2014, Paul was driving down Ontario's eastbound 407 highway on his way to make a delivery, when his vehicle skidded on a patch of black ice and slid into a guard rail.

The company truck he was driving was totalled. At first Paul could not even see or hear his assistant because the man, who had been sitting in the passenger seat, was completely obscured by the wreckage.

Ultimately though, it was Paul, not his passenger, who sustained serious injuries and was left unable to work for over a year. In that time, Paul has received only one cheque -- a couple of weeks' worth of compensation from the Workers' Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB).

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This week in labour: Some cringe-worthy Conservative gaffes and much, much, more!

Photo: Flickr;  Alex Guibord

This week's labour roundup is gleefully mean, because it starts with a couple of Harper facepalm-worthy mess-ups.

When it comes to omnibus bills and hidden agendas, it can be hard to explain just how and why this government isn't working for workers. But this week, they made it super easy! Thanks y'all!

 

 

Let's review, shall we?

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Ordered back to work, Ontario teachers say this labour dispute isn't over

Photo: Flickr/Emory Maiden

Teachers in Durham, Peel, and Sudbury's Rainbow school districts have been on strike for over three weeks. Yesterday, almost 70,000 high-school students went back to class, following a decision by the Ontario Labour Relations Board (OLRB).

While classes have resumed in the three striking school districts, the Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation (OSSTF) says it won't be business as usual in Ontario high schools.

On Tuesday, just as the provincial government started the process of instituting back-to-work legislation, the OLRB rendered its decision, ruling that the three local strikes were, in fact, illegal.

Classes started up again on Wednesday.

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