STATEMENT BY THE GREEN PARTY LEADER ON INTERNATIONAL WORKER’S DAY
David Coon, MLA for Fredericton South and Leader of the Green Party of New Brunswick issued the following statement in recognition of International Worker’s Day:
“Today is International Workers’ Day. This day commemorates the 1886 Haymarket Massacre, when police fired on workers in Chicago during a general strike for the eight hour workday. Today the people of New Brunswick benefit from the sacrifice of these early labour protestors, but not all benefit equally.
Non-unionized staff, particularly in the service sector, have no protection against lay-off and are often forced to accept too many or too few shifts simply to maintain employment.
Government must act to create a provincial environment that fosters, supports, and respects labour unions. And for those working in non-unionized environments, we need labour laws that protect and empower all workers.”
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