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Unifor members gather to lobby B.C. government

March 6, 2018

VICTORIA—Unifor activists will present policy proposals on workplace health and safety reforms, economic security for women, and progressive labour law amendments during meetings this week in Victoria.

“Last spring, British Columbians voted for change. There is no time to waste when it comes to making workplaces safer and restoring workers’ basic rights,” said Jerry Dias, Unifor National President.

Unifor says the former government stripped B.C.’s most vulnerable workers of rights that left exploitation and wage theft virtually un-policed. Re-establishing clear standards with swift enforcement will be a priority for the union in the months ahead.

“Unethical employers thrive when workers’ rights are weak,” said Joie Warnock, Unifor Western Regional Director. “We will be seeking support on employment standards reforms that ensure that employers who break the rules are held accountable.”

Unifor will press the government to enact the paid domestic violence leave that it proposed while it was in opposition (Bill M 220). Activists will also present policy ideas for the economic sectors in which the union has significant membership, such as forestry, transportation, and hospitality.

For more information, please contact Unifor Communications Representative Ian Boyko at or 778-903-6549 (cell).