CBC’s Michael Enright talks to Workers’ Action Centre’s Deena Ladd about the risks facing cleaners and janitors during COVID-19
2020

On April 5, CBC Radio One’s Michael Enright spoke with Deena Ladd, the executive director of the Workers’ Action Centre on The Sunday Edition. Deena is a longtime Metcalf advisor and grantee. Along with healthcare workers, cleaners and janitors are on the frontlines of our current public health emergency — scrubbing down and sanitizing any surfaces where the virus might live. Their work is vital for the public’s protection, and it’s full of risk. And yet because many of them are classified as independent contractors, they are left without proper labour protection including benefits such as paid sick days. Moreover, janitorial workers have for years been among the lowest-paid in Canada. Their half hour conversation can be found here.

 
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