May Day is celebrated on May 1st, to honour the achievements of workers acting collectively to improve their working conditions and create a fair society. Unions have been at the heart of this collective action, holding employers and governments accountable.
For over a century, workers have been coming together to ensure that they share in the profits of their labour and live in healthy communities. Today, we are seeing companies and governments try to roll back these achievements by undertaking austerity programs and outsourcing jobs.
But there is hope. Canadians value compassion and fairness, workers are getting organized and unions are fighting back. Workers, standing in solidarity, can make their lives better; May Day is a day that shows us we can.
Sharon DeSousa, REVP Ontario
Public Service Allianceof Canada