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

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

December 6, 2016

 

SFL RECOGNIZES THE NATIONAL DAY OF REMEMBRANCE AND ACTION TO END VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN

 

The Saskatchewan Federation of Labour (SFL) recognizes the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women, and remembers the École Polytechnique shooting when 14 young women lost their lives.

 

They were killed because they were women.

 

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 27 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 maintain its work to end violence against women – with a continued focus on how domestic violence affects women in the workplace.

 

Research undertaken by the Canadian Labour Congress 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 partnering with community groups and working with employers to ensure people experiencing domestic violence can easily access the help they need in the workplace,” said SFL president Larry Hubich, “but governments across Canada need to get on board and help by passing legislation that would allow paid leave from work for victims of domestic violence,” he added.

 

The Saskatchewan Federation of Labour, in partnership with the Canadian Labour Congress, the Regina & District Labour Council, and SGEU is once again holding a candle light vigil to commemorate the 1989 Montreal Massacre. Everyone is welcome to attend. The vigil will take place this evening, December 6th, at 7:00PM at St. Paul’s Cathedral at 1861 McIntyre Street in Regina.

 

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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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