Thanks to an incredible demonstration of care and support by the community for the worker involved, today at noon, members of the Worker Solidarity Network (formerly Retail Action Network) went to Rebar Restaurant to pick up an envelope on behalf of the worker, which contained her missing wages in full.
When the worker asked for her wages on her own, the employer fired her, sent her intimidating texts, ignored any further request for wages, and ignored letters from the WSN. These are just some of the things workers experience when they do stand up for themselves, and why we don’t hear more of their stories. But as today’s example shows, when you have the support of collective worker power behind you, you have nothing to fear.
In the end, it was the 160+ petition signers who got their attention, and within a couple of hours of posting our petition, the employer reached out to the worker and agreed to pay her.
We would like to invite everyone who participated in standing up for this worker to become a member of the Worker Solidarity Network, to learn about your rights at work, and to be notified in the future if someone needs your solidarity! We are waiting for you here.
Why, in a case with such serious contraventions, was the Employment Standards Branch prepared to leave this worker waiting for months and months without wages? We won her missing wages back before Christmas, but where was the Employment Standards Branch? How many others are still waiting? Justice delayed is justice denied.
We’d like to sincerely thank everyone for their support and we hope that this sends a clear message that workers deserve fair treatment, justice, and that the community has their back.
The worker is happy and relieved, and we are grateful for her courage and willingness to stand up for herself, effectively standing up for others too.
“It’s crazy to me that after months of attempts to rectify this with no response it took social shaming to finally force his hand to do the right thing. I really hope this all makes him think twice the next time he fires someone with no explanation and wages owing, but I’m not sure it will. I watched him do this to two employees before me while I worked there, and everyone left quietly. I’m so grateful those at the retail action network crew for fighting for me on this and I hope my experience will encourage others to reach out for justice and fight for their rights in an industry which has so far to go in protecting its workers.” – Former Rebar Employee
If you’re experiencing problems at work, or to learn more about your rights, don’t hesitate to reach out to us here.
– The Worker Solidarity Network