September 20, 2017

Respect at work

Our demands:

  • End workplace harassment and bullying
  • Protect workers from unjust dismissal
  • Protect workers during the process of making a complaint and penalize employers who retaliate
  • Ensure migrant workers receive special protection under the ESA to prohibit reprisals from employers

What our movement won in Bill 148: Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act:
As of January 1, 2018, unionized workers will have stronger protections against unjust dismissal after organizing a union or a strike or lockout. All workers filing a complaint under the Employment Standards Act will have their claim investigated and will no longer have to try to resolve disputes with their employer first. It is now illegal for employers to require employees to wear high heels on the job.


The erosion of labour standards that has occurred over the years has left workers, especially those in precarious and low wage jobs, with little ability to actually exercise their rights in the workplaces without facing dire consequences. This is especially true for migrant workers, whose precarious immigration status - often tied to the employer for whom they work - makes it dangerous and costly to assert their rights. We must continue to organize in our workplaces and communities to put more power into the hands of workers to defend themselves.

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