World Day for Decent Work: October 7

October 6, 2010, 12:12 PM EST

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The second annual World Day for Decent Work, held on October 7, comes at a time when workers are still feeling the impact of the global recession. The first World Day for Decent Work was organized last year by the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) as a global day of action.

Last year, trade unions representing workers in over 500 cities, towns and villages took part in rallies, demonstrations and educational events marking the World Day for Decent Work.

This year the CAW will be launching its 'precarious work' workshop, one of several recommendations in the union's discussion paper "Fight for Good Jobs." The discussion paper was released at the CAW-TCA Joint Council in Montreal in August at the union's 25th anniversary. It commits the union to hosting regional roundtables on winning back the right to organize, developing a 'good jobs in the green economy' workshop, sponsoring a summit on jobs in the post-crisis economy and organizing a special Union in Politics Committee (UPC) session on political mobilizing.

The day-long workshop will be launched on November 8 with CAW Local 414.

In the workshop, participants review the economic developments, corporate strategies and government policies that have led to the alarming growth of precarious work.  Throughout the session, participants are actively engaged in discussions about the pressures we face and what openings we have. Before the day is over, the stage will be set for a good jobs fight back at the bargaining table, in our communities and in legislative initiatives.

Local unions can sign up for the workshop by contacting Sonia Douville at: or 1-800-268-5763.

To read the Fight for Good Jobs discussion paper, please visit:


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