Comment 44196

By grassroots are the way forward (registered) | Posted July 28, 2010 at 09:25:04

The messaging that has gone out that the poor want to be poor is so wrong, it is an injustice to those who struggle and who do not want to be there.

There has been a couple of groups out there, who organizing focus has been teaching people how to get up to a mic and tell their stories, it is not an easy thing to do and it is very emotional for some people. I applaud all those people who have had the courage to come forward.

But I have learned of something very disturbing and I must tell this, in placing people into jobs, it must be mandatory that all EMPLOYMENT SERVICE CENTERS, ensure that the employer clients they work with are checked out to ensure that they are following the labour laws under both Employment Standards Act and the Occupational Health and Safety Act. I have heard the words from one Executive Director of one of these so called Employment Centers who stated that ensuring the workers they are placing are in safe working conditions and that the employer is following all the labour laws, is not their responsibility.

I was equally disturbed that a person who sits as Chair on the Board of Directors, was a person and their company that I spoke about when I presented to the Standing Committee of Bill 139, The Temp Workers Bill, since my rights under both Employment Standards and the Occuaptioanl Health and Safety Act were violated.

The workers before us fought hard, some even died so that all workers can have rights and that those rights would be upheld. We need to cleanse all these not for profits of their inept people, who are part of process that is denying the working people their rights.

So if in placing a worker into a job, then if the worker either get injuried or god forbid dies because of their total lack of moral and ethics, then maybe people should start suing these places, until reform is complete.

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