Final Workers’ Forums Oct 19 & 20th

14448970_308973752798848_3414172005455305655_nUnfair treatment of workers is all too common in British Columbia. Few people know their rights, and getting justice from a bad boss can be nearly impossible.

The BC Employment Standards Coalition is working for better employment laws and stronger enforcement for all workers. We want to make the issues about real people – and make the case for improvements. Read more and listen here to BC Employment Standards Coalition Co-Chair David Fairey on CBC Radio’s Early Edition, and also on CBC’s Almanac (Oct 18). You can also read about the forums in Metro News.

Tell your story.

You’re invited to join us to share your story. You can tell us about a current problem or even something that happened within the past 10 years.

You can also learn about your workplace rights under the Employment Standards Act and other BC laws. If your case involves a legal violation, we will offer advice and help you to start a complaint if you want.

Interviews will be done by experienced advocates at the times and places listed below, no appointment necessary. You can tell us your name and employer, or choose to be anonymous. Plan to stay about an hour. If you will need a translator to help tell your story, please call one of the numbers below. Please help us get out the word about these forums by sharing this poster

***PLEASE NOTE new venue for downtown Vancouver forum on October 19th. It is no longer at the Vancouver Public Library, but will instead be at Vancouver Community College (250 W Pender St.). Specifically, it will be in Room 300A near the Cafeteria at 250 West Pender Streetscreen-shot-2016-10-06-at-11-10-35-am

Tell us about your bad job: October Worker Forums (Updated 10 Oct)

Screen Shot 2016-09-19 at 9.08.22 AM Unfair treatment of workers is all too common in British Columbia. Few people know their rights, and getting justice from a bad boss can be nearly impossible.

The BC Employment Standards Coalition is working for better employment laws and stronger enforcement for all workers. We want to make the issues about real people – and make the case for improvements.

Tell your story.

You’re invited to join us to share your story. You can tell us about a current problem or even something that happened within the past 10 years.

You can also learn about your workplace rights under the Employment Standards Act and other BC laws. If your case involves a legal violation, we will offer advice and help you to start a complaint if you want.

Interviews will be done by experienced advocates at the times and places listed below, no appointment necessary. You can tell us your name and employer, or choose to be anonymous. Plan to stay about an hour. If you will need a translator to help tell your story, please call one of the numbers below. Please help us get out the word about these forums by sharing this poster

***PLEASE NOTE new venue for downtown Vancouver forum. It is no longer at the Vancouver Public Library, but will instead be at Vancouver Community College (250 W Pender St.).

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New op-ed: Unjust treatment of farm workers should end

BC Employment Standards Coalition members Gurpreet Pabla and David Fairey published an opinion piece in the online version of The Province on the minimum piece-rate system for farm workers (separate wage rules apply to migrant farm workers hired under the Temporary Foreign Worker Program). You can read it here: Unjust treatment of farm workers should end. Their article was also published in the Georgia Straight. Thanks to the BC office of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives for assisting with the publication process.

Government Sanctioning of Farm Worker Exploitation Must End

Please see the following link for an article by Coalition members Jonathan Hanvelt, David Fairey and Gurpreet Pabla. This piece, which was circulated to the media earlier this spring, describes the systemic exploitation of farm workers in BC, most of whom are temporary foreign workers or recent immigrants:

Government Sanctioning of Farm Worker Exploitation Must End

Which province has the lowest working age for children in the industrialized world?

Coalition members Marjorie Griffin Cohen and David Fairey wrote a piece for The Tyee this week about the impact of rollbacks affecting workers’ rights since 2001. In Why BC’s Lower-wage Workers are Struggling, they highlight some of the most critical changes to the BC Employment Standards Act affecting employee rights and protections, along with curtailment enforcement of the Act. They also note that BC has Canada’s largest income gap, highest cost of living, highest poverty rate, and the youngest children’s working age in the industrialized world.