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We celebrate International Human Rights Day on December 10th. This is to commemorate the United Nations National Assembly adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948.
“Where, after all, do universal human rights begin? In small places, close to home – so close and so small that they cannot be seen on any maps of the world…Unless these rights have meaning there. They have little meaning anywhere. Without concerted citizen action to uphold them close to home, we shall look in vain for progress in the larger world.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

More action needed

Far too many women continue to suffer violence. PSAC calls on the Government of Canada to:

  • Fully implement all recommendations from the MMIWG Inquiry, when they become available
  • Ensure every worker has access to 10 paid days of domestic violence leave
  • Eliminate barriers to accessing legal supports for women experiencing violence
  • Immediately increase funding to women’s shelters and sexual assault centres

On December 6th and every day, we must fight to eliminate gender-based violence in all forms.

The new law reverses several Harper-era changes to federal collective bargaining legislation, which limited the right of public service workers to strike and gave the government the right to unilaterally remove or change sick leave provisions negotiated into collective agreements at any time. 

The Government proposed a wage increase of only 0.75% per year for 4 years, along with no retroactive payments. In addition, they requested the new agreement only take effect 365 days after it is signed by both parties. Aside from wage increases that would not even come close to matching inflation, such a long implementation period added to the time spent bargaining would produce a virtual two-year wage freeze for PSAC members.

"Canada promotes inclusive values around the world. Why would Ontario do the opposite here at home?  The government’s reversal was the right thing to do, but suspending the project of a French-speaking university remains alarming. The government is balancing its budget on the backs of Franco-Ontarians. It's shameful," says Sharon DeSousa, PSAC Regional Executive Vice-President for Ontario.