- Politics and Social Issues
LABOUR DAY 2012 IN ONTARIO
LABOUR UNIONS CALL FOR UNITED FRONT AGAINST GOVERNMENT CUTBACKS AND ATTACKS ON PENSIONS.
Sept 3, 2012
TORONTO, LABOUR DAY–Over 25,000 working people unite at the Labour Day parade, filling the streets in celebration of the achievements and collective strength ofworkers.This year, the parade brings a unified message against the austerity agenda.
"Working people everywhere are resisting the austerity agenda," said John Cartwright, president of the Toronto & York Region Labour Council, which organizes the annual parade. "Outsourcing decent jobs, cutting public services, and attacking collective do not make for a good economic plan. The financial elites want to take over public services and keep reducing the cost of labour, but it is foolish to think that we can cut our way back to prosperity."
This year's parade also comes at a time when the Labour Council has helped convene a city-wide response to gun violence. The Labour Council has made a list of recommendations calling on all levels of government, as well as the private sector to create good jobs and invest in strong community services.
"Austerity measures weaken our communities and take away hope, especially from youth. The Ford regime is still looking at weakening City services and contracting out decent jobs to poverty-wage contractors," said Cartwright.
"We know that poverty is on the rise in Toronto. This is the time to deepen investment in public services and create good jobsthat are accessible to all our diverse communities," added Cartwright.