August 29, 2019
THE ENDURING CONTRIBUTIONS OF WORKERS RECOGNIZED
THIS LABOUR DAY WEEKEND
EDMONTON – The Green Party of Alberta wishes to extend its profound gratitude to, and recognition and acknowledgement of those workers who have made immense contributions to building the social and economic fabric of our province.
“All Albertans owe a debt to those who toil in anonymity to perform vital tasks that are essential to the well-being of our society. We also take this holiday weekend to reflect on the advancements fought for and achieved by organized labour, such as the five day work-week, the eight-hour workday, parental leave, increases in the minimum wage, workplace safety, and a host of other important contributions that have bettered the lives of countless peoples,” remarks Cheryle Chagnon-Greyeyes, leader of the Green Party of Alberta.
The founding convention of the Alberta Federation of Labour was held in Lethbridge in 1912, and 107 years later, there is still much to do to ensure all workers are provided for in Canada’s richest province. In 2018, 162 people died in workplace injuries or illnesses in Canada. Workers continue to fight for fair and just wages, including gender equity, and equal rights, compensation and benefits for part-time, student and foreign workers.
The Green Party of Alberta expresses solidarity with Alberta’s workers by supporting:
- A just transition for oilsands workers to jobs in the emergent green economy;
- Regular reviews on the minimum wage to raise it to equal the increases in the cost of living;
- The enactment of a Universal Basic Income to enable people to have basic dignity, economic justice, and to eradicate poverty and financial inequity.
“Social justice is a key Green Party principle. We invite our fellow Albertans to celebrate the many past and ongoing contributions of workers, and the magnitude of benefits they have passed on to our communities,” says Chagnon-Greyeyes.
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For more information, please contact:
Leader of the Green Party of Alberta