September 25, 2014
For immédiate release
What: Media scrum to demand meeting with Minister Sam Hamad
When: 11:00 am, September 25th, 2014
Where: Tour de la Place Victoria, 800 rue Square Victoria (outside the office of Quebec Labour)
Who: The Coalition Against Precarious Work
On September 25th, 2014 members of the Coalition against Precarious Work will present themselves outside the office of Quebec Labour Minister Sam Hamad, with the objective of meeting with the Minister. The coalition, which includes the Temporary Agency Workers Association, Temporary Foreign Workers Association, PINAY, Immigrant Workers Centre of Montreal, Dignidad Migrante, Mexicans United for the Regularization and The Spanish Immigrants Collective of Montreal, hopes to bring to the attention of the Minister, several specific demands that we, the Coalition, believe would improve the living and working conditions of those who hold precarious employment. One of our central demands is our Living Wage campaign, which urges the increase of the minimum wage to above a subsistence salary, to a “living wage” of 15$/hour, so that workers can provide decently for themselves and their families.
According to the 2011 public report by the provincial Director of Public Health, there are over 450,000 workers in Quebec that have precarious jobs, with low wages, no or few benefits, few protections and no job security. As members of the coalition, we hold a unified position on the detrimental effects of this kind of precarious work for all members of society, in that it contributes to the abolition of stable, decently paid and often unionized work. Precarious labour is seen in many different forms, such as placement agency work, temporary employment, low-wage work, domestic work, and in Canada’s guest worker programs. Many of those who hold jobs in these positions are new immigrants, temporary foreign workers, women, and people without status. The Coalition would like to highlight that these individual’s suffer greatly from their precarious employment, which provides disincentive for workers to negotiate just and stable working conditions, and prevents them from qualifying for certain social benefits. As such, we will once again demand that the situation faced by immigrants and migrant workers must be heard, and that we are given a meeting with the current administration, in particular the office of Sam Hamad, to reiterate our demands for the establishment or revision of specific policies and regulations that would improve the quality of life and work, for those who hold precarious jobs.
- Immigrant Workers Centre (CTI-IWC), tel:(514) 342-2111
- Temporary Agency Workers Association (ATTAP-TAWA)
- Temporary Foreign Workers Association (ATTET)
- Dignidad Migrante (DM)
- Mexicans United for Regularization (MUR)
- Pilipino Women Organisation of Quebec (PINAY)
- Spanish Immigrants Collective of Montreal (CIEM)
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