The Coalition Against Precarious Work was created in 2012 with the aim of organising precarious workers and representing their demands. Eight years after the foundation of the Coalition, the IWC-CTI proposes to renew the Coalition, starting with the list of affiliated groups and then the main demands.
The context of the pandemic has highlighted the contribution and essential role of (im)migrant workers to the smooth functioning of Quebec society and economy. Indeed, many (im)migrant workers held positions in essential sectors during the first wave of COVID-19, often putting their own health and safety at risk. Despite the obvious health risk, (im)migrant workers went to the “front”. For example, asylum seekers responded massively to the labour shortage in CHSLDs. The context of the pandemic also exposed the injustices faced by (im)migrant workers, as well as the inability of government institutions to respond to social issues.
Following exchanges with workers, the IWC-CTI proposes to re-launch the main demands of the Coalition against Precarious Work and to focus its demands and activities for the next few years on two issues: 1) health and safety at work and 2) regularisation of immigration status (access to permanent residence).