Statement by Alexandre Boulerice on International Worker's Day


OTTAWA – New Democrat Labour Critic Alexandre Boulerice has issued the following statement on International Workers’ Day:

“Happy International Workers’ Day. New Democrats join workers the world over to mark International Workers’ Day today.

Every May 1st, the world remembers the four lives that were lost in 1886, as workers in Chicago fought for the eight-hour workday. International Workers’ Day reminds us that the labour rights we cherish today were hard-won battles by generations of union activists.

Here, as elsewhere, workers’ rights must never be taken for granted and we must continue to fight to protect them.

The proof: a few days ago, more than 400 workers in a Bangladesh garment factory died tragically in a building collapse because the owner didn’t think it was necessary to provide a safe working environment for employees. Our thoughts are with them on this International Workers’ Day.

Here at home, during a period of economic austerity imposed by the Conservative government, thousands of Canadians are unemployed and unable to find work, in the absence of real economic recovery. The Conservative government has targeted the labour movement with its ideological attacks and has repeatedly undermined the principles of free collective bargaining.

Today we honour those who came before us and fought for basic labour rights including the weekend, paid vacation, minimum wage, retirement benefits and the abolition of child labour. We also reaffirm our commitment to defending workers’ rights across the world to organize, to improve their working and living conditions and to engage in free collective bargaining.”