SFL Celebrates Human Rights Day

 

December 10th was proclaimed as Human Rights Day in 1950 by the United Nations General Assembly. The proclamation brought worldwide attention to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as the common standard for everyone across all nations. The Universal Declaration includes 30 articles that outline the rights that each and every one of us is entitled to. They encompass a wide range of basic rights that are key to binding us together as workers and as a global community.

 

“Saskatchewan’s labour movement – and indeed the labour movement across Canada and the globe – has a long and proud history of not just defending human rights, but pushing for the respect and inclusion of additional rights for workers and all people,” said Saskatchewan Federation of Labour (SFL) president, Larry Hubich, “one such victory was earlier this year when the SFL won a case against the provincial government at the Supreme Court that enshrined a right to strike in Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms,” he added.

 

The SFL pledges to continue doing its part to fight for marginalized and equity-seeking groups in Saskatchewan that are still fighting for their basic human rights.

 

“We are happy that the new federal government has committed to finally having an inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women. These women are our mothers and sisters; they’re our friends, neighbours, and co-workers,,” said Hubich, “we will do our part to ensure that something meaningful is be done to address this –and other human rights abuses – facing Indigenous people in Saskatchewan and across the country,” he added.

 

In addition to many other campaigns and initiatives, the SFL is proud to have been part of the push to include gender identity as a prohibited ground of discrimination in the Saskatchewan Human Rights Code; it is humbled to have co-planned a recent December 6th vigil to honour all women who are abused and killed as a result of violence, and; the SFL recently held a fundraiser that raised nearly $3,000 for OUT Saskatoon to ensure the LGBTQ* community in that city has additional access to important advocacy work and services.

 

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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

Saskatchewan's Labour Movement: the folks who brought you the constitutional right to strike!