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“Invisible but essential, underpaid and overworked, they’re standing between you and COVID-19. And risking their lives.”
On April 29th, Gary Burrill came out in support of more recognition and better wages for janitors. “The work of janitors and cleaners is at the foundation of our medical system. It’s the beginning place of our educational system, is the starting place of our governance system. And now we’re understanding in a new way it’s also at the foundation of our whole public health system. The work of janitors and cleaners is essential work, it’s necessary work”
Janitors at Lonsdale Quay Market in North Vancouver are celebrating after achieving a successful union organizing drive and certification vote amid the outbreak of COVID-19.
Matt Green joins in the call to give justice to janitors: “Words alone will ring hollow if they are not backed up with action. As one of the country’s largest property owners, the federal government has the responsibility to ensure that janitors cleaning our buildings are bring paid a living wage, are working safely and have all the proper personal protective equipment in place.”
On April 17, Harden called for raises and protections for cleaners. “It’s been heartening in recent weeks to hear so many politicians and major public figures showing respect and solidarity for the frontline workers who keep us safe … Those words are great, but you know what? They’re also not enough.”