Saturday, December 12, 2015

Photo essay: holiday carolling for decent work

To build holiday cheer, the Fight for $15 and Fairness wage brought carolling outside and inside Toronto's Eaton’s Centre, to celebrate the retail workers who are helping us prepare for the holiday season.

To the tune "Deck the halls":
Now’s the time for fifteen dollars
Fa la la la la, la la la la
We need wages we can live on
Fa la la la la, la la la la
Full time work should keep us healthy
But it’s leaving us in poverty
Now’s the time for fifteen dollars
Fa la la la la, la la la la

Wearing Santa hats, the carollers sang holiday tunes with lyrics of justice

Carollers also distributed leaflets explaining the lump of coal that minimum wage workers get on a daily basis: unstable and erratic hours, no advance notice of weekly shifts, lack of protection for workers who ask for a shift change, and poverty wages. 

To the tune of “silent night”
Workers’ rights, workers’ rights
Everyone, join the fight
Part-time and full-time deserve equal pay
We shouldn’t lose pay to take a sick day
15 and fairness is possible
15 and fairness today

The event then went inside the Eaton’s Centre to support and hear from retail workers 

To the tune of “We wish you a merry Christmas”
We wish you a merry workplace
We wish you a merry workplace
We wish you a merry workplace
With fairness for all
We’re joining the fight, with justice in sight
We wish you a merry workplace,
And a New Year that’s bright

Amidst the speeches and songs there was a banner drop to show all the shoppers the holiday wish list for 2016, calling on Premier Kathleen Wynne to make it her new years resolutions.

To the tune of “walking in a wonderland”:
Premier Wynne, are you listening?
Our resolve is clearly stiffening
We need you to say
You're help make work pay
Fifteen bucks is what we're fighting for.

In the New Year we will ask the premier
What ya gonna do for workin’ folks
She’ll say she supports us but it’s no joke
She need to change the laws that govern work

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