workers rights

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Update posted 3 months ago

Petition to Subcommittee on International Human Rights

Help stop Canada's child labour problem

Each time you make a purchase, you could be buying products made by child labour and you wouldn’t even know it! Every year, Canadian companies import billions of dollars worth of everyday products made by children as young as six - including fashion, fruit, coffee, and body lotion. As a mother of two, I want to know that the things that I buy for my kids and myself weren't made by other young children working in dangerous conditions. I'm frustrated that the government has been doing nothing to prevent this — but together we can change that. No child should be for sale.  Right now, there’s a Parliamentary committee studying Canada's ties to child labour. They could make recommendations for legislation to call on corporations to be more transparent about how they address child labour in their supply chains - but, according to World Vision Canada, it's unlikely that the committee will recommend this unless they start hearing that everyday people care about this issue. We need to show that we care if the products that we buy put children's lives at risk.  Help me call on the committee to recommend strong corporate transparency laws that will force companies to be more open about their supply chains. Please show your support for the victims of child labour by telling the Government of Canada you care - sign and share this petition.  The committee is writing their report right now - we have to act fast! 

Sofie Pauwels & World Vision Canada
42,516 supporters
Update posted 5 months ago

Petition to Patty Hajdu

Fair Wages for School Bus Drivers

What's the value of the safety and care of your children? To a school bus driver, the value of your child's safety is immeasurable.  Before ever leaving to pick up school children, each driver is required to perform a safety inspection of the bus, checking everything from mirrors to brakes to fluids. The average bus picks up approximately seventy children after all, (twice your average classroom and they have Education Assistants (EA's) to assist with special needs children). Learning basic maintenance and mechanics is important to our work. Some children have special needs, poor health and may face bullying. The management of all these possible situations are the responsibility of the driver.  Frequently, without the help of EA's or other staff, all issues regarding behaviour and health fall solely on our shoulders, making our first aid training invaluable, and our knowledge of Ontario laws necessary. Each of the problems that exist at school, still exist on the ride home. There are forms to be filled out if a child has a bloody nose and the Bill 157 specifically holds bus drivers responsible to report bullying incidents. Each document required for health incidents, bullying and trauma are widely understood and used by bus drivers to legally protect your child and encourage adherence to rules and fairness. We are trained in defensive driving to ensure that your children are protected from those who don't effectively observe road rules regarding buses. After all, that car in a rush driving through our flashing lights probably doesn't care that it may be your child they are about to run over. Your children are cared for on the way to and from school. Your children are safe. Your children are supported in social distress and medical emergency.  Sometimes, we are the only friendly face they may see in a day. For all of that, a bus driver is paid minimum wage.  Is your child's well being not worth more than that? We think it's far greater than that. Please join us in asking Patty Hajdu, the Minister of Workforce, Development and Labor, to ensure school bus drivers are paid a fair wage.

Dianne Blower
8,441 supporters