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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.

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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.