“It’s always on our mind. Before I was redeployed somebody had tested positive at the call centre, and you think about it while at work. Then when you come home you worry about what you may have brought home.” Janitors do essential and dangerous work, but wages are very low and too often it’s all about doing more with fewer workers.
Why is it taking so very, very long for city staff to write a report on how to make sure that city contractors pay their workers a half decent wage? Good question.
Nova Scotia Federation of Labour president Danny Cavanagh looks at new legislation proposed by the feds (pay equity, domestic violence leave, casual workers, etc.). It may not be perfect, but it’s a step in the right direction, and much better than what provincial legislation offers.
We talk with Jackie Swaine of the SEIU and Danny Cavanagh, president of the NSFL, who together are calling for legislation with teeth to protect workers against wage theft and contract flipping.