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March 21, 2017

March 21st – International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

This year’s theme for the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination is: “Racial profiling and incitement to hatred, including in the context of migration.”

Refugees and migrants are particular targets of racial profiling and incitement to hatred. From a Union’s perspective, it is our responsibility to enforce a zero tolerance approach through education and working with our members and communities, as well as fighting injustice and racial discrimination in our workplaces, communities and around the world.

At CEIU, we proudly represent the workers at the Immigration and Refugee Board (IRB), including the decision makers in refugee hearings, as well as the workers of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).

With the recent push from the federal government to welcome an unprecedented number of refugees and immigrants into our communities, this year’s theme has a particular resonance as a backlash of racism and Islamophobia is being fueled by prominent political figures like Donald Trump and Kellie Leitch.

CEIU feels it is necessary to respond openly and directly to this undercurrent of hate with the strongest and most unified condemnation possible. Together with the labour community, we will work to end individual, cultural or systemic racism and discrimination by speaking out and confronting barriers to the full and equal opportunity for all.

CEIU will actively promote and protect social justice, human rights and the environment. We will seek action to eliminate poverty, by fighting against precarious work and seeking to close the wage gap that disproportionately affects women, racialized people, and other equity seeking communities. We will demand investment in public social programs, a $15 minimum wage, better employment standards, affordable childcare, and easier access to join a union.

We at CEIU have a unique role to play in supporting refugees, while being vigilant in opposing racism and inequality. Our members stand in solidarity with groups and social movements who aim to change negative perceptions and attitudes towards refugees and migrants.

Every person is entitled to human rights without discrimination. Today’s CEIU will advocate for equality and against discriminatory practices.

#fightracism

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