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(en) Canada, Montreal, Media, Unionizing McJobs

Date Sat, 14 Oct 2006 07:20:59 +0200


http://www.montrealmirror.com/2006/101206/front.html
A year and a half ago, when an undocumented immigrant was denied wages by his
manager for training hours at a Latin Quarter pizzeria, he returned with 40
supporters for both his money and his dignity. Within seconds he got them both.
The unsuspecting manager was dealing with the Workers Solidarity Network,
a group dedicated to defending the rights of non-unionized workers. The
WSN is staging a protest Friday, Oct. 13 in Berri Square at 4:30 p.m. to
launch a campaign for Quebec's first geographically-based union,
targetting the St-Denis restaurant strip.
"If you have a restaurant with only four employees, you can't go on strike
or get unionized, so the idea is to create worker solidarity on a
geographical basis so these workers can get the help of people in other
workplaces," says Samuel Laliberté of the WSN.

The group chose St-Denis for its obvious proliferation of restaurants and
shops, places which require little training, thus breeding more precarious
working conditions.

"More and more, we're seeing lower pay wages for these people. They have
no benefits, no paid vacation," says Laliberté. "Maybe we're not legally
recognized by the government as a union, but we're still organizing
together and we can still defend each other." —Benjamin Barna
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*This is a NEFAC [NorthEast Federation Anarchist Communist]
Montreal project. I'm so proud!--ck
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