​Journée internationale des travailleurs 2017: Membres du SESG au Manitoba se rallient à la législature à l'appui des travailleurs

2 mai 2017

Le 1er mai marque la Journée internationale des travailleurs. Cette année à Winnipeg, près de 200 personnes ont marchés ce lundi afin d’appuyer "May Day", l'événement annuel qui a pour but de soutenir les droits des travailleurs.

Dès dix-huit heures, les partisans ont défilé à l'Assemblée législative du Manitoba. L'événement de cette année a été organisé par le Winnipeg Labor Council et Mayworks.

«Je pense qu'il est vraiment important que nous célébrons le travail», a déclaré Frank Janz, Vice-président régional du Syndicat des employés du Solliciteur général auprès de l'Alliance de la Fonction publique du Canada. Janz pense que les syndicats ont contributes au bien-être du pays. Ils ont apportés beaucoup d'avantages tels des semaines de travail plus courtes, la sécurité, la santé, le congé de maternité, les congés annuels et autres.

Vous pouvez en apprendre davantage sur cet événement en consultant l’article de CBC ci-dessous, disponible seulement en anglais.

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Monday, May 1, marked May Day, an international day celebrating workers' rights.

Around 200 Winnipeggers marched and rallied on Monday at an annual event to celebrate the working class.

Starting at 6 p.m., supporters marched to the Manitoba Legislature as part of May Day, an international event each May 1 in support of workers' rights. This year's event was hosted by the Winnipeg Labour Council and Mayworks.

"I think it's really important that we celebrate labour," said Frank Janz, a member of the Union of Solicitor General Employees with the Public Service Alliance of Canada.

"I think labour's contributed to the benefits and the wellbeing of our country, and we've brought a lot of benefits to the people. I mean, shorter work weeks, safety, health and safety, maternity leave, vacation leave — these are all things that were brought on by the unions."

New policies under Manitoba's Progressive Conservative government have left some unions and members feeling "attacked," Janz said.

"I think certainly with the government that we have today, they're not very labour-friendly in the province and people are starting to stand up for their rights," he said. "They want to be counted."

The Facebook flyer for the event featured an image of Premier Brian Pallister holding a chainsaw and asked participants to "Say no to the agenda of austerity, privatization and cuts to jobs and social spending."

Bob Gowenlock has been going to May Day demonstrations in Winnipeg for three or four decades, he said, give or take the odd year.

"May Day is celebrated right through the world, outside of North America, as labour day, as opposed to the September long weekend," he said. "It's something that I think is worthwhile so I'm glad to come out and support it."

Gowenlock said he'd hoped to see more people.

"I can see why unions come out, because right now they feel they're under attack by the provincial government, and so this is one way to show they don't want to be treated this way," Gowenlock said.

"And other people can come out and say, 'Yeah, we're with you.'"

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/winnipeg-may-day-labour-rally-1.4094776