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Labour Leadership Quotes with David Harris

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David Harris, an employee rights activist and attorney based in Toronto, Canada, shares quotes about and from the labour movement.

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Labour Leadership Quotes with David Harris

  1. 1. The Way We Work Quotes From Labour Leaders Transforming the World
  2. 2. The countries in which union density rates are higher are also the ones in which the welfare state is more developed, taxation levels higher and more progressive, collective bargaining more centralized and labour law both closer to international labour standards and better implemented.
  3. 3. The gains that union members make at the bargaining table spill over into creating healthier and more prosperous communities for everyone. Union members can be good ambassadors in a campaign for greater fairness for all Canadians.
  4. 4. Unions are about fairness: workplace fairness; economic fairness; opportunity fairness; political fairness; and democratic fairness. Unions promote fairness, not just for their members, but for all Canadians.
  5. 5. No worker is inherently vulnerable. Workers are made vulnerable by laws that facilitate relationships of inequality and laws that fail to address exploitation. We need to name both: how that inequality is constructed and who benefits from it.
  6. 6. Labour rights are human rights. Unions fought for strong labour rights. When labour rights are weakened, then unions have less ability to fight for human rights for all workers
  7. 7. Canada's reputation as an international champion of human rights falls appallingly short when it comes to the question of workers' rights. While we are among the first nations to sign international labour conventions, too often we break them when they prove inconvenient at home.
  8. 8. Strong labour laws and higher unionization rates reduce income inequality by raising wages for all workers and ensuring more workers receive a higher proportion of national income.
  9. 9. Strong labour laws and higher unionization rates reduce income inequality by raising wages for all workers and ensuring more workers receive a higher proportion of national income.
  10. 10. Recognizing that workers have the right to bargain collectively as part of their freedom to associate reaffirms the values of dignity, personal autonomy, equality and democracy.
  11. 11. Legislating workers back to work instead of letting the process of collective bargaining unfold simply creates bad labour relations and does not resolve issues that can only be solved through negotiation.
  12. 12. Labour rights are at the heart of the fight for human rights. The freedom to associate, to organize and to have equal opportunities in the workplace – every year we see these rights under attack around the world.

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