July 2 2013: Michael Laxer on public holidays

July 2, 2013|Posted in: Uncategorised

Not at home for the holidays: The assault on the right of workers to collective days off

| June 30, 2013

Excerpt: “The people and workers who are made to work, outside of essential services,  are minimum wage workers, retail workers, the young, part time workers, temporary workers (which in some cases allows employers to get around paying statutory holiday pay) and, in reality, the most exploited, least protected and least paid workers in the country.


This really has got to stop. We have to end this notion that the consumer convenience of some demands more “rights” than the collective rights of workers socially to both personal and collective holidays.


We need at least a handful of days where people, all people, are able to enjoy their public spaces and their communities together as friends and family, and we need holidays that are holidays for the large bulk of workers and not just the middle class or well-to-do.


Holidays where we are not certain that many in our communities have been intimidated into working because the law allows their places of work to open.

We need, in the end, to remember and to fight for the very basic humanistic principle that we are citizens, and not consumers, and that as citizens we stand together for the right of all Canadians to be able to truly celebrate our collective holidays.”


Board president WWEC, member at large Social Justice Windsor District Labour Council. President, Global Resource Centre.

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