It’s May Day AKA International Workers’ Day!
Today is a day when we celebrate the achievements of labourers and working class people across the globe. This is a good time for us to pause and reflect on our achievements and also ponder what we could achieve if we keep striving for fairness together.
We often hear the stories of the past where children worked in coal mines, men worked 100 hours a week and there were no labour standards.
When we look at other countries, we realize how fortunate we are. In Canada, we have achieved an 8 hour work day, scheduled days of rest, health care, maternity and parental leave, Occupational Health & Safety legislation, minimum wage, overtime pay, vacation pay and protection against discrimination and harassment.
Most recently, labour won their fight to get paid interpersonal violence leave in Saskatchewan.
We continue the fight for pharmacare, childcare, gender equality, pensions for all, paid sick leave for all, a living wage for a minimum wage, quality public services and public ownership of our crowns.
If you want to join the fight for paid sick days please sign this petition: https://www.puttingworkersfirst.ca/
A big congratulations to all of you who regularly engage in the effort to fight for improvements. Working together, we can achieve better for our community and better for our next generation.