Eliminating poverty locally and globally is a shared responsibility all of us should embrace, convention delegates and community social activists rallying on October 17th, the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty heard yesterday.
- Anti-poverty rally (Toronto Star video)
- Canadian Press coverage
- Anti-poverty rally (CUPE communications video)
- CUPE supports locked out Holiday Inn workers (CUPE Communications video)
To mark the day, convention delegates stood in solidarity with hundreds of thousands of people participating in over 100 similar rallies world-wide. Community anti-poverty activists and locked out Unite/HERE - Holiday Inn workers also participated in the rally. A spokesperson for the hotel workers said, that in Toronto, Canada’s richest city, his co-workers “need a living wage to get past the poverty line. That is all we are fighting for.”
Public services and strong labour laws protecting low-waged workers are powerful anti-poverty tools and among the best ways to tackle inequality, said several rally speakers.