Hassan Yussuff was elected in May 2014 as the first person of colour to lead the country’s labour movement. Yussuff is committed to working for fairness – in the workplace and Canadian society - for good jobs, decent pensions, strong public health care, and for the creation of a national child care program. Coming to Canada from Guyana at 16 years old, Yussuff trained to be a heavy truck mechanic. He quickly became a union activist when fellow workers elected him plant chair after he attended just three union meetings. Hassan’s impressive work at the CAW (now Unifor) led to him being elected as an Executive Vice‑President of the Canadian Labour Congress in 1999 and the CLC’s first person of colour in an executive position. In 2002, he was elected to the first of four terms as Secretary-Treasurer. Not only has Hassan been a high profile labour leader in Canada, he is also respected internationally. Hassan was elected president of the Trade Union Confederation of the Americas (TUCA) in 2012 for a four-year term, heading an international labour group representing more than 50 million workers in 29 countries. The CLC is the national voice of the labour movement, representing 3.3 million Canadian workers.
When the full text of CETA was released in February 2016, we all thoroughly analyzed the deal. Each of us came to the conclusion that it wasn't a good deal for workers, so together we set to work to find areas where we could either block the deal or change it in a way that would protect workers' and citizens' interests in Canada and Europe.
In addition to properly enforcing the Westray bill, governments should stop kowtowing to corporations by referring to regulations as if they were four-letter words. Rhetoric espousing that regulations are costly and burdensome to business only serves to downplay further the importance of having government oversight of workplaces to ensure that they are operating in a safe manner.
04/23/2014 05:20 EDT
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