For immediate release Wednesday, September 1, 2021
Labour Day 2021: workers at the heart of pandemic recovery
(Cornwall) This Labour Day, Canada’s unions are calling for a strong pandemic recovery centered around workers and their families and that includes a plan for replacing lost jobs with good quality ones.
“This pandemic has laid bare the inequality created by our existing systems,” said Louise Lanctot, president of the Cornwall and District Labour Council. “With a federal election scheduled for September, we have an opportunity to hold our political leaders accountable and demand better jobs and better social programs as we recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.”
The recovery must be built on good jobs that offer decent wages, benefits, and a path to unionization. Recovery planning must also strengthen the public health care system by adding universal pharmacare and paid sick leave for all workers. It must also include disaster-proofing our social safety net with investments in childcare and affordable housing.
“A strong recovery isn’t possible without workers,” said Bonnie Lauzon, vice-president of the Cornwall and District Labour Council. “Workers kept us all afloat through this incredibly difficult time by keeping us fed, healthy, housed and supported. We must ensure that when the next disaster hits, we are able to weather the storm without leaving anyone behind. Investing in these key priorities will keep us from returning to the status quo.”
In Cornwall, workers, unions and community leaders will not gather on Labour Day for the second time because of precautions related to the fourth wave of the pandemic. We encourage everyone to pause and remember the sacrifices made by essential workers and the contributions of all working people to the functioning of our society.
To arrange an interview on or before Labour Day, please contact Louise Lanctot at [email protected] or 613 932 1943.