Racism

PSAC is committed to fighting racism and promoting employment equity – in the workplaces we represent, within our own union and in society at large. When our members experience discrimination on the job, we file grievances and fight for their rights in the courts and at human rights commissions. Our union also provides opportunities for racially visible PSAC members network and engage in political action.

June 28, 2019
PSAC firmly opposes and calls for the repeal of Quebec’s Bill 21, the ‘secularism’ legislation passed last week. It violates human rights so explicitly that in passing the law, the government used the charter's notwithstanding clause in an attempt to shield it from inevitable court challenges.
March 29, 2019
With a low GDP to debt ratio, and a manageable deficit, this government had the opportunity to invest in making life better for everyone. While there are some initiatives that we applaud, so much more could have, and should have been done. Here are some highlights:
March 20, 2019
On March 21, 1960, sixty-nine people were killed and 180 were wounded after police opened fire at a peaceful demonstration in Sharpeville, South Africa, against the apartheid “pass laws.” A few years later in 1966, March 21st was proclaimed the “International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination” by the General Assembly of the United Nations (UN). A long road ahead The United Nations has made the theme for March 21, 2019: Mitigating and countering rising nationalist populism and extreme supremacist ideologies.
December 10, 2018
VIEW OUR CAMPAIGN December 10 is Human Rights Day – when workers and activists celebrate progress and recommit to advancing human rights in Canada and abroad.
October 26, 2018
Human rights cannot be taken for granted. Support Indigenous rights, work for trans rights, stop domestic violence, reject racism, take action on accessibility legislation.
August 2, 2018
What is employment equity and how does it work?
June 4, 2018
The results of the 2017 Public Service Employee Survey continue to show disturbing results for employees from equity-seeking groups.
April 30, 2018
May is Asian Heritage Month in Canada. This is an opportunity to acknowledge and celebrate the long and rich history of Canadians of Asian heritage and their contributions to Canada. It is also an opportunity to understand some of the challenges facing racialized people of Asian descent in Canada. History of racial discrimination Since the 1800s, immigrants of Asian descent faced racism and discrimination in the forms of restrictive immigration laws, the denial of their right to vote, segregation and other basic human rights abuses.
February 1, 2018
PSAC joins all those celebrating Black History Month by acknowledging the contributions of Black Canadians across the country and throughout our history.
December 12, 2017
The Joint Union/Management TBS Task Force on Diversity and Inclusion released its final report. The Task Force had a one-year mandate to define, establish the case, and make recommendations towards a framework and action plan to improve  diversity and inclusion in Canada’s public service. Diversity and inclusion, along with strong employment equity initiatives, are critical to removing systemic barriers and having a workplace that is respectful and free of discrimination and harassment.

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