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POSITION PAPER: PROTECTING THE HEALTH AND SAFETY OF ALL WORKERS

January 24, 2021

Position Paper submitted to the Committee on Labour and the Economyas part of the consultations on Bill n . 59, Act to Modernize the Occupational Health and Safety Regime

This document was prepared by the Coalition Against Precarious Work, created in 2012 by organizations and associations working with precarious workers, particularly migrants, immigrants and racialized workers.

Coalition members welcome the willingness to “modernize” the occupational health-and-safety regime, an initiative that is all the more important as the crisis at COVID- 19 amplifies the shortcomings of the present regime. However, the draft bill remains too limited, in our view, in affording protect to workers, particularly those who are non- unionized or atypically employed. We deplore the fact that organizations representing non- unionized workers, with certain exceptions, were not invited to participate in the consultation process.


This brief begins by presenting some of the issues in the reform of the OHSA and the LATMP that are of particular concern to workers of recent immigration background. To this are three other issues of major importance to all workers.


The second section presents our proposals for the reform.


This brief concludes with testimonies from workers about their work experiences.

From Migrant Voices to MayWorks: Art Activism and Interventions with the IWC

From Migrant Voices to MayWorks: Art Activism and Interventions with the IWC Saturdays from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., Feb. 8 to May 11 2013
Beginning this Saturday February 8th at 2:30 p.m.
Immigrant Workers Centre
4755 Van Horne, Suite 110
Metro Plamondon or bus 161

The Immigrant Workers Centre (IWC) and Engrenage Rouage Noir invite participants to take part in a community activist art project, co-created by workers and for workers to share stories of resistance and dignity in struggle.

From Migrant Voices to Mayworks offers a series of workshops to engage with arts, media and collective strategies to bring vision and voice to struggles for workplace justice. In the coming weeks, participants will explore a variety of approaches, based on Theatre of the Oppressed (Brazil/ Argentina), La Pocha Nostra (Mexico/California), El Teatro Campesino (California) and the work of invited local and international arts activists and collectives. Engaging with a variety of media, theatre, text, video, photography, visual arts, sound and performance, participants will work towards a collectively-created performance for MayWorks 2013, a festival that celebrates the struggle of working people through the arts. This initiative also builds upon Migrant Voices project, a grassroots radio project in which workers recorded a series of audio testimonies chronicling their experiences of exploitation, but also of courage and collective power.

Please join us in the first steps of building this project together. If you are interested, curious, or simply ready to have some fun, you can take part in devising this work with friends and allies of the IWC.

For more information, or to register, please contact Mostafa Henaway and/or Koby Rogers Hall at iwc_cti@yahoo.ca

The Contract

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IWC on Radio Show

CKUT in collaboration with IWC broadcasting community radio show from Nelson Mandela park (corner Victoria and Barcklay) THis Wednesday July 22nd, 2009 between 5:30 and 7:30!

Come to support our community and delight on our free snacks!!!!

CTV Montreal – March For International Women’s Day

March for International Women’s Day

Updated: Sun Mar. 08 2009 6:39:44 PM

Organizers for this year’s march for International Women’s Day are
aiming to highlight a number of local and international issues.

“Every year, we march down the streets of Montreal and assert our
power to fight for our futures and demand justice for all. We take to
the streets to celebrate and stand in solidarity with the daily
struggles of all women, here, on occupied Indigenous land and
throughout the world,” says a statement from the group’s website.

This year, the organizers encouraged citizens to wear masks to show
support against a proposed bylaw at city hall that would ban protesters
from wearing masks.

The march

The march got underway a little later than planned due to daylight saving time.

Starting from Cabot Square on Ste-Catherine at Atwater, the
organizers had a few speeches planned before starting the group on a
route that would end at 2:30 p.m.

There were at least two stops planned: one at the army recruitment
centre for an anti-war speech and one at the Israeli Consulate for a
speech from a Palestinian woman.

Other speeches planned include a talk by a Sri Lankan woman about the Tamils’ situation.

Nice weather

As of 12:15 p.m. about 250 people had gathered.

According to organizer Mubeenah Mughal, at last year’s march there
were between 350 and 500 attendees, and that was in the middle of a
snow storm.

“This year it’s so nice out, so we’re expecting more people,” she
said “There’s children here this year,” where the weather at last
year’s march kept the kids at home.

Taken from CTV Montreal on Tuesday, March 10, 2009 from //montreal.ctv.ca/servlet/an/local/CTVNews/20090308/mtl_womens_090308/20090308/?hub=MontrealHome

Watch CTV Video Coverage //watch.ctv.ca/news/top-picks/womens-day/#clip147556