Montreal May 1, 2014 Workers Day Celebration
MONTREAL — PINAY and Migrante Canada joined the Precarious Workers Coalition in a Press Conference and Day of Action held on May 1st for the International Workers Day Celebration.
The Coalition, established over a year now, is composed of domestic workers (represented by PINAY), temporary foreign workers, workers with precarious immigration statuses and temporary agency workers.
The press conference was held at the Immigrant Workers Centre in Montreal at 10 in the morning, attended by representatives of each ally organization, reiterating before the press their demands for fair regulations of the labour market, as well as immigration and welfare policies that respond specifically to the needs and rights of precarious and immigrant workers.
The coalition also saw the formation of a new Liberal government as an opportunity to ask a meeting with the new ministers to present its demands.
The coalition’s demands include the increase of minimum wage above a subsistence wage, universal access to health services, social services and labour rights regardless of immigration status, enforced regulation and oversight of temporary placement and recruitment agencies, full access to CSST rights for domestic workers, and opening of permanent residence opportunities for all sub-programs of the temporary foreign workers program.
At 5 in the afternoon, attended by various groups in the coalition and their supporters; ATTET, Dignidad Migrante, IWC, CIEM, PINAY and WDO, gathered in front of the Labour Standards Commission for an hour and a half protest action. At around 6:30 p.m. the Coalition of Precarious Workers and their supporters started marching down the street to join at the assembly of other major Quebec labour union federations and student unions in their organized march around downtown Montreal that ended at Square Victoria in front of the office of the Minister of Labour. The finale of the march was a series of speeches delivered by union leaders. The successful hour-long march was attended by thousands of protesters in a high anti-austerity spirit.
Long live International Workers Day!
Workers of the World Unite!
(Press Release) Kathy Pescador (PINAY’s-Vice Chair Person)