GSU contacts employers regarding National Day for Truth and Reconciliation
GSU has written to all of the employers of members of the union to ascertain whether they intend to adopt Sept. 30 as a statutory holiday to be known as the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. So far three federally regulated employers have confirmed that they will be honouring the new statutory holiday and applying it to their employees. Two provincially regulated employers have advised that they will not be adopting the new statutory holiday and several others have said they are studying the matter.
“In Canada we have a mix of federally and provincially regulated employers and sectors. It would be nice to have a single progressive set of labour standards, but such is the nature of Canada,” Wagner said. “We’ll keep pushing.”
Wagner urges province to adopt the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation
In a meeting of the advisory committee to the Saskatchewan Minister of Labour Relations and Workplace Safety, GSU general secretary Hugh Wagner urged the province to follow the lead of the federal government and adopt Sept. 30 as a statutory holiday called the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.
“I think such a day and the time for conversation and reflection with our Indigenous sisters and brothers is long overdue, so I urged the Minister to impress upon his colleagues the importance of taking clear steps to begin the work we all have to do,” said Wagner. “A commemorative day is a small, but important step.”
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