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Unifor launches campaign to improve warehouse working conditions

During the pandemic, warehouse workers faced difficult conditions, including many outbreaks in Canadian facilities. According to Unifor, the reality is that COVID-19 only exacerbated problems that warehouse workers had already faced for years.

November 26, 2021  by CM Staff

Warehouse workers wearing hardhats looking up. (CNW Group/Unifor)

TORONTO— As the holiday shopping season ramps up on Black Friday, Unifor has launched the ‘Warehouse Workers Unite’ campaign to improve working conditions for workers in warehousing, distribution and logistics facilities across the country.

“Frontline essential warehouse workers literally carry the load to ensure that we have access to the goods that we need but they also bear the brunt as pressure for faster and faster delivery results in ever-worsening conditions, with increased demands to work at almost impossible speeds,” said Unifor National President Jerry Dias in a statement. 

The movement brings warehouse workers together to address shared issues including the ‘speed-up’ of work, health and safety protection, fair wages, better working conditions, and respect on the job.

During the pandemic, warehouse workers faced difficult conditions, including many outbreaks in Canadian facilities.  According to Unifor, the reality is that COVID-19 only exacerbated problems that warehouse workers had already faced for years.

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“Warehouse work takes place out of the public eye, with warehouse workers often feeling invisible and isolated,” said Unifor Quebec Director Renaud Gagné in a statement.

“This campaign aims to bring attention to their experiences and encourage warehouse workers to consider what unionization can do to help them gain a voice to demand good jobs and to build an industry standard.”


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