OPSEU WORKERS URGED TO MARK NATIONAL PINK SHIRT DAY FEBRUARY 27
In response to Bill 168, the Occupational Health and Safety Act (Violence and Harassment in the Workplace), and the new Canadian Standard on Psychologically Safe Workplaces, OPSEU is calling on all CAS members to raise awareness around unsafe workplaces.
The Act has both expanded the definition of harassment, and has increased responsibility and reporting levels for all employers. The new standard stresses the importance of identifying and addressing factors such as work demands, threats of violence, violence, discrimination, harassment, and bullying that negatively impact workers’ physical and mental health.
National Pink Shirt Day was started by a group of teenage boys in Nova Scotia in support of another boy who was the victim of bullying. In 2008 members marked the start of this sector-wide initiative by organizing the first National Pink Shirt Day event in their locals. The day is marked across Canada by students and adults alike wearing pink, who share the slogan “Bullying Stops Here!”
Join us on February 27 in our 5th year, by wearing pink clothing and share the slogan: “Bullying Stops Here!” We urge you to get creative and organize a fun event in your Local to remind employers that we as a society will not tolerate bullying or harassment anywhere.
For more information please contact:
Jane Kaija at: firstname.lastname@example.org
or visit http://www.pinkshirtday.ca