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

 

The Saskatchewan Federation of Labour (SFL) recognizes the 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 26 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.

 

Together with the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC), the SFL will continue its work to end violence against women. For the past two years Canada’s labour movement has been spearheading an initiative to address the impact of domestic violence in the workplace. According to a recent cross-Canada survey, one in three workers has experienced domestic violence, and this violence follows them to work. Over 80 percent of victims reported that their performance was negatively impacted, and more than half said the abuse occurred at or near their workplace.

 

“Domestic violence is an important issue for Canadian workers, and it affects everyone,” said SFL president Larry Hubich. “Unions can help by negotiating workplace solutions like paid leaves, safety planning and women’s advocate programs, by lobbying for improved health and  safety legislation, and providing training for stewards and other union representatives,” he added.

 

The SFL has also recently partnered with PATHS – the Provincial Association of Transition Houses and Services of Saskatchewan – to build protective factors into workplace policies and procedures for victims of intimate partner violence.

 

“Saskatchewan’s labour movement does not just talk about ending violence against women, we actually commit resources to achieving that goal and partner with community organizations to make it a reality,” said Johb, “in addition to our own initiatives, we are encouraged by the new federal government’s pledge to develop a National Action Plan on Violence against Women as well as their commitment to launch an inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women,” she added.

 

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

 

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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