Labour Day 2017 Finally an Opportunity for Working People to Celebrate

  • Page Views 1417
  • BURNABY, British Columbia,- The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) in British Columbia issues the following statement: Every year at this time, labour leaders are asked for their thoughts on the importance of Labour Day, and each year we talk about the history of the labour movement, the gains we have made for working people, unionized or not, and the importance of solidarity as we stand up to anti-worker and anti-union governments.

    For sixteen years, more than a generation of working people have had to fight to protect their rights from a right-wing BC Liberal government that cared more about its wealthy and well-connected donors than about the rest of us. Finally, with Premier John Horgan and the first BC NDP government since 2001, working people really do have something to celebrate this Labour Day.

    We know the Legislature will be called into session sometime in September, marking the first time working people don’t have to worry about which group of workers will have their contracts torn up, or whose jobs will be privatized. This coming legislative session, our new government will begin the hard work of restoring the notion that government can be a force for good, and not just to implement the wish lists of the rich.

    This Labour Day, working people can celebrate a return to balance in our economy, where all people benefit from a growing economy, not just those with a vested interest. We can celebrate an end to the influence of big money in our elections, the beginning of a $10 per day child care system, significant improvements to our K-12 education system after years of confrontation and neglect, and a concerted effort to finally take meaningful action on the epidemic of opioid overdoses.

    Labour Day is a celebration of the power of working people coming together to demand what’s right. Decent wages, solid benefits and retirement with dignity. Social and economic justice and responsible stewardship of our resources and our environment. No benefits that workers enjoy was ever “given” to us—not the weekend, not sick leave, not overtime, not even the 8-hour day—working people united and fought for them.

    Finally we once again have a government that understands that history and that shares our values. And that’s truly something to celebrate.

    Happy Labour Day to everyone, from all 87,000 CUPE members across British Columbia.

    CUPE BC is the largest union in British Columbia, representing more than 87,000 women and men delivering important public services in nearly every community in the province.

    Share

    New Posts Recently publish post More

    • 25 June 2020
      1 week ago No comment

      Prime Minister announces support for students serving their communities and opportunities to gain  paid work experience

      For immediate release June 25, 2020            Ottawa, Ontario       Prime Minister’s Office Post-secondary students and recent graduates are facing unique and unprecedented challenges because of COVID-19. There are fewer jobs, and many co-op, internship, and community service placements have been cancelled. At ...

    • 25 June 2020
      1 week ago No comment

      B.C. enters Phase 3 of its restart plan from COVID-19

      The province of B.C. is taking a phased approach to mitigate the impacts of COVID-19 pandemic. The four-phase plan provides guidance for individuals and businesses. On Wednesday (June 24), B.C. began Phase 3. Under Phase 3, people can take part in smart, safe and respectful travel within B.C. Reminder: ...

    • 25 June 2020
      1 week ago No comment

      Surrey Makes PPE companies hit $4M in sales

      16 local manufacturers have retooled to serve the Canadian PPE supply chain Sixteen manufacturers participating in the Surrey Makes PPE program have sold over $4 million worth of personal protective equipment (PPE) to help Canadians combat COVID-19. The initiative was launched in response to the growing demand for made-in-Canada ...

    • 25 June 2020
      1 week ago No comment

      Petition against ABS-CBN fails before Supreme Court

      Philippine broadcast giant ABS-CBN remains off the air, but it has scored a win before the Supreme Court of the Philippines. Sitting en banc, the high court on June 23 junked the petition filed by Solicitor General Jose Calida to revoke ABS-CBN Corp.’s franchise. The Supreme Court ruled that ...

    • 18 June 2020
      2 weeks ago No comment

      We’re fighting for our lives: ABS-CBN

      It’s been more than a month since Philippine media giant ABS-CBN went off the air. At the resumption of congressional hearings on the renewal of the company’s franchise, ABS-CBN vice chairman Atty. Augusto “Jake” Almeda-Lopez appealed to Congress to recognize the value and the major contributions of ABS-CBN and ...

    %d bloggers like this: