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Photo essay: Holiday carolling for $15 and fairness

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To build holiday cheer, the Fight for $15 and Fairness wage brought carolling outside and inside Toronto's Eaton's Centre, to celebrate the retail workers who are helping us prepare for the holiday season, and build the campaign for better wages and working conditions.

To the tune "Deck the halls":

Now's the time for 15 dollars

Fa la la la la, la la la la

We need wages we can live on

Fa la la la la, la la la la

Full time work should keep us healthy

But it's leaving us in poverty

Now's the time for 15 dollars

Fa la la la la, la la la la

Wearing Santa hats, the carollers sang holiday tunes with lyrics of justice

Carollers also distributed leaflets explaining the lump of coal that minimum wage workers get on a daily basis: unstable and erratic hours, no advance notice of weekly shifts, lack of protection for workers who ask for a shift change, and poverty wages. 

To the tune of "silent night"

Workers' rights, workers' rights

Everyone, join the fight

Part-time and full-time deserve equal pay

We shouldn't lose pay to take a sick day

15 and fairness is possible

15 and fairness today

The event then went inside the Eaton’s Centre to support and hear from retail workers

To the tune of "We wish you a merry Christmas"

We wish you a merry workplace

We wish you a merry workplace

We wish you a merry workplace

With fairness for all

We're joining the fight, with justice in sight

We wish you a merry workplace,

And a New Year that’s bright


Amidst the speeches and songs there was a banner drop to show all the shoppers the holiday wish list for 2016, calling on Premier Kathleen Wynne to make it her new years resolutions.

To the tune of "walking in a wonderland":

Premier Wynne, are you listening?

Our resolve is clearly stiffening

We need you to say

You're help make work pay

15 bucks is what we're fighting for.

In the New Year we will ask the premier

What ya gonna do for workin' folks

She'll say she supports us but it’s no joke

She need to change the laws that govern work

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