The Halifax Workers Action Centre created this guide to the Canada Emergency Response Benefit.
In light of COVID-19, the Halifax Workers’ Action Centre (Halifax-WAC) is calling on the Provincial Government to take urgent and comprehensive action to protect vulnerable workers.
To expect low-wage earners currently facing income-loss to pay rent is not only unreasonable, but also dangerous, writes Lisa Cameron.
A COVID-19 mini guide compiled by the Halifax Workers Action Centre: Can your boss send you home, do you still get paid, and what supports are there? Also, can you refuse unsafe work?
Preparing for cases of COVID-19 in Nova Scotia, the Halifax Workers’ Action Centre is calling for paid sick leave for all employees along with legislation to prohibit employers from requesting doctors’ notes to confirm absences due to illness.
Lisa Cameron tackles the recent $1 minimum wage increase. It’s a step in the right direction, and credit is due, in large part, to the Fight for $15 and Fairness campaign. But it is not nearly enough.
At 48-hours, Nova Scotia has one of the longest workweeks in the country. Before a worker is legally entitled to earn an overtime rate of pay (one-and-a half times their regular wage), they generally have to have worked 48-hours over a one-week span. Lisa Cameron reports.
Scott Neigh does such a wonderful job highlighting activist work all across Canada. Whenever his podcast Talking Radical touches upon Nova Scotia he generously allows the Advocate to share. Here is Scott talking about the Halifax Workers Action Centre with Sakura Saunders and NS Advocate writer Lisa Cameron.
Lisa Cameron: In Nova Scotia, your boss can demand proof that you’re sick, even if it’s just a short term illness. Those requests make life miserable for workers and put stress on an already overburdened medical system.
The Nook Espresso Bar and Lounge closed its Bedford location in late July of this year. It did so suddenly and without giving any kind of warning to its seven employees. When the owners incorrectly calculated their notice pay, the baristas fought back, with help from the Halifax Workers Action Centre. Lisa Cameron reports.