For decades, Canada has relied on migrant workers to help develop the economy. Many come through the government’s Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP). This program was intended to fill very specific jobs on a short term basis—jobs that required workers and skills that did not exist in the country. But since 2006, the Harper government has made it much easier for employers of all kinds to use migrant workers. It’s like they’ve built a pipeline that can be easily tapped into.
On March 21, 1960, 69 black demonstrators were killed and 180 were wounded by armed white South African police in the Sharpeville Township. More than 700 shots were fired at black demonstrators who were peacefully protesting the country’s discriminatory laws.
The CLC Convention is being held from May 5-9, 2014 at the Palais des congrès in Montréal. As in previous years, the PSAC will be fully funding up to ten delegates to represent PSAC’s five equity groups: women, Aboriginal peoples, racially visible peoples, persons with disabilities and members of the LGBT communities.
The PSAC recognizes and celebrates the past and present contributions of Black people and people of African descent. We also acknowledge the discrimination, barriers and challenges that remain prevalent in Canada.
Despite centuries of positive contributions to Canada’s history, people of African descent are still absent in our history books and under-represented in our political and economic institutions and in union leadership.
To: PSAC members who have self-ID as being in an equity-seeking group, PSAC members thirty years of age and younger.
Per section 9 of the PSAC BC Regional Bylaws, we will be holding an election for delegates to represent equity-seeking groups (Members with a Disability, Aboriginal, Racially Visible, and GLBT) and Young Workers at the upcoming PSAC BC Regional Convention.