Urgent Action Alert:
SUPPORT Toronto Star Carriers
Newspaper Carriers who deliver the Toronto Star in Scarborough have begun a work stoppage to protest working conditions and the firing of 5 leaders.
Carriers deliver thousands of papers in Scarborough in the middle of the night, often for only $4.10 an hour. Carriers formed an association last year to fight for better working conditions and wages.
On Monday July 31, their employer, Partrek Distribution fired 5 leaders who had been democratically elected to represent carriers in negotiations with management.
Carriers need your immediate support in their fight for justice:
1) IF YOU HAVE A TORONTO STAR SUBSCRIPTION:
PLEASE CALL the Toronto Star TODAY 416-367-2000
- tell them you will cancel your subscription unless carriers are treated fairly and fired workers are re-instated
2) EVEN IF YOU ARE NOT A SUBSCRIBER:
CALL the Toronto Star TODAY 416-367-2000
CALL Partrek Distribution TODAY 416-208-9917
- tell them you are very concerned about how carriers are being treated and want to see fired workers re-instated immediately
For more info call the Workers Action Centre
Background Information from a Carrier:
Through rain, snow and humid weathers throughout 364 days of the year we try to do our best to bring the paper to our customer's front door. When everybody is asleep we wake up at 2:45am to go and get the papers. Recently we formed an association to ask for a few cents more for our service but our employer fired five of our democratically elected representatives.
Monday through Friday we get 19 cents per delivery. Saturday we get 60 cents and Sunday we get 20 cents per paper. However:
* If we miss a delivery they charge us $4.00 each.
* If there is a customer complaint we could be deducted a whole day's pay. If there is a second complaint, our deposit (over $500) could be taken.
* If the paper is damaged or the papers get wet they charge us $10.00.
* We have to buy our own plastic bags, rubber bands and the collection envelops.
* In the last 9 years gas prices have increased 61% - but we're still getting the same rate of pay. The $20.00 gas voucher we receive does not cover it
* Even though customers pay more for their newspaper, we have never received any increase.
* When we take all our costs we are getting paid around 6 cents per paper ($4.10 / hour) This is less than the Ontario minimum wage. Many of us work 2 or 3 jobs just to support our families and make ends meet.
Our five representatives were just fired at 2:45 am on Monday July 31, 2006 without any warning. Some of these carriers were working for 18 years delivering newspapers. We feel we must stand together and say this is not right. I hope you will help and call the Toronto Star today to lend your support