Newfoundland & Labrador Federation of Labour Welcomes Expanded Definition of Family Violence as a Good Start
The Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of Labour (NLFL) welcomes government’s recent announcement to expand the definition of family violence; to include emotional, psychological, and financial harm, making the definition more inclusive and reflective of the reality for those who face violence. While broadening the definition of family violence is an important step, the NLFL has been working with government to further strengthen the protections for victims of domestic violence in the workplace. You can read the full release here.
International Women’s Day (IWD), March 8th, is a day when women the world over recognize, and celebrate, our achievements. The theme for IWD 2018 is #PushforProgress, a nod to the growing global movement of advocacy, activism, and support surrounding gender parity and sexism. Inspired by the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements, the aim of the theme is to encourage people to continue the vocal fight for equality. IWD is a Day when we remember those who have blazed the trail before us, inside and outside our labour movement.
You can NLFL president Mary Shortall’s #IWD2018 statement here.
Indexing the Third Lowest Minimum Wage in Canada, Will Entrench Workers’ Poverty: Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of Labour
The Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of Labour (NLFL) expressed deep disappointment at Tuesday’s announcement by Labour Minister Hawkins, regarding the province’s minimum wage. NLFL President Mary Shortall stated, that the plan to index the minimum wage once a year, based solely on the national Cost of Living, falls far short of what minimum wage workers in Newfoundland & Labrador (NL) deserve, and need, in order to lift them out of poverty. Read the full release here.
The Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of Labour (NLFL) welcomes the announcement by Service NL Minister Sherry Gambin-Walsh, to introduce legislation to increase the workers compensation income replacement benefits, from 80 to 85 per cent of net income. Read the full release here.