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 Taylor Report 
 Tony Leah
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Tony Leah, Political Action Committee Chair for UNIFOR Local 222 in Oshawa, talks about the ongoing strike at Nestle factory in Toronto. Nestle, a multinational giant, turned a profit last year of $19 billion - equal to $70,000 from each of their workers.

The big issue is a two-tier system where many workers are confined to a precarious casual status. These workers earn $7 to $10-per-hour less than the rest, and have no pensions, no guaranteed hours, and inferior benefits. It's a divisive issue and violates the central union principle of solidarity. Why has this attack on workers' rights been spreading like a cancer? Leah speculates that those union leaders who have made their peace with the capitalist system have found common ground with employers at the expense of their own members.

Leah notes that, in Quebec, there are labour laws against two-tier wages and pensions, and the use of strikebreakers is illegal.

During the red scare of the 1950s, socialist and communist union leaders were purged and unions which refused to purge such leaders were expelled and raided. The long-term result has been a weaker and less-effective labour movement.
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00:28:11 English 2021-05-17
 Toronto, Ontario
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