Partner Spotlight – Championing Domestic Care Workers’ Rights

Discover the impactful journey of the Vancouver Committee for Domestic Workers and Caregivers Rights (CDWCR) in our latest blog post. Founded in 1979 by Filipino community activists, CDWCR has been a steadfast advocate for the rights of domestic workers, many of whom face precarious working conditions and isolation. Learn how the organization emerged from grassroots activism against repressive regimes and evolved into a crucial support system for domestic workers from various countries. Explore their relentless fight for permanent residency for care workers, their success in including domestic work under the Employment Standards Act, and their ongoing efforts to introduce sectoral bargaining to protect isolated workers.

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Why BC needs sectoral bargaining now

Sectoral bargaining represents a different approach to labour law than the worksite-based certification model prevalent in BC. Instead of channeling all organizing and bargaining efforts at the individual workplace, sectoral bargaining provides ways to bring together workers across an industry or occupation within a designated region to negotiate minimum standards for the entire sector.

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Trapped in the wage gap

New data obtained by CCPA-BC from Statistics Canada reveals that one third of BC’s paid employees earn less than the living wage in their community—more than 740,000 people. Over 400,000 people earn less than $20 per hour, a wage lower than the lowest living wage calculated in the province. Even with the minimum wage increase, far too many workers will remain trapped in the low wage gap, earning less than it costs to live in our province. These workers face impossible choices—buy groceries or heat the house, keep up with bills or pay the rent on time. The result can be spiraling debt, constant anxiety and long-term health problems. It often means working long hours, sometimes at multiple jobs, just to pay for necessities.

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