SFL Recognizes the National Day of Remembrance and Action to End Violence Against Women


The Saskatchewan Federation of Labour (SFL) recognizes the 25th anniversary of the École Polytechnique shooting, and remembers the 14 young women that lost their lives. Every December 6th since that tragic day in 1989, Canadians come together both to remember those who were lost and to pledge action to end violence against women.

“Even after 25 years the pain of December 6th does not diminish,” said SFL Secretary-Treasurer Lori Johb, “the day also serves as a solemn reminder that violence against women and girls is a human rights issue – it’s everybody’s issue – and we have so much more work to do,” she added.

On behalf of its 100,000 members the SFL will continue its work to end violence against women – with a particular focus on how domestic violence affects women in the workplace in light of a new survey from the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC).

The first-ever national survey on the impact of domestic violence on the workplace exposes how that kind of violence follows people to work, how it has a significant impact on work performance, and how for some people, it costs them their job.

“The labour movement is ready to take the lead and work with employers to ensure people experiencing domestic violence can easily access the help they need in the workplace,” said SFL president Larry Hubich, “but we need leadership from the federal government too, that’s why we’ve asked them to convene a roundtable with unions, employers, and governments to discuss concrete solutions.

The survey, carried out between December 2013 and June 2014, asked 8,429 respondents if they’d experienced domestic violence – one third said yes. 82% of those who’d experienced domestic violence said it negatively impacted their ability to do their job. Almost 40% of those said the violence kept them from getting to work; almost ten percent said they lost their jobs because of it. For the full survey results, visit: www.canadianlabour.ca.

“We know that men are primarily the perpetrators of domestic violence, and sometimes our own silence makes us complicit,” said Hubich, “as a male leader in the labour movement, I am prepared to have some tough conversations with other men and with our members. This is the only way we are really going to see change,” he added.

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The SFL represents over 100,000 working people across the province in 37 affiliated unions.

For a PDF of this news release, click here.

For additional information, contact:

Kent Peterson

Strategic Advisor
Saskatchewan Federation of Labour
o: 1 (306) 525-0197
m: 1 (306) 570-1855
e: k.peterson@sfl.sk.ca

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