Media Advisory: May Day Online Rally
For immediate release
Hundreds of workers will join forces to say: “No more preventable deaths. Time’s up for the Ford Government.”
Toronto, ON - On Saturday, May 1, at 11:00 AM, hundreds of workers will join forces across Ontario to demand immediate action to address the growing crisis in workplaces across Ontario.
The pandemic has made it clear that paid sick days, decent wages, and safe working conditions are a matter of life and death for all of us. Without action to improve labour law, workers cannot protect themselves, their families or their communities.
At the online rally, workers will share heartbreaking stories that illustrate the realities of precarious, low-wage jobs and explain the steps our elected representatives must take to effect change.
During the rally, we will also be receiving live reports from safely organized, in-person actions.
What: Online rally for decent work; workers sharing their actual experiences on the job, and why we need paid sick days, decent wages, and decent work for all
When: May 1 at 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
May 1 is also International Workers’ Day which celebrates past and current struggles of workers everywhere to raise the floor of wages and working conditions. In addition to sounding the alarm about working conditions, this May Day action will also mark the transition from $15 and Fairness to Justice for Workers - the next phase of an Ontario-wide campaign fighting for decent work.
As unstable and precarious jobs have become commonplace in Ontario, workers led an unprecedented campaign to call for immediate improvements to employment law. The fight is far from over; Doug Ford and his Conservative government have made it clear that they are working for big businesses and not people. Since starting in office, they repealed the $15 minimum wage, rolled back protections for workers, and eliminated paid sick days. Our movement has only grown stronger in response, and pressure is mounting on this government to do what is right.
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For more information, or to arrange an interview with rally speakers, please contact:
Justice for Workers: Rajean Hoilett
Decent Work and Health Network (to speak to healthcare workers): Denise Martins