Who is behind this petition?
This petition is sponsored by the Employment Standards Coalition. We have long advocated for the modernization of the Employment Standards Act and work to bring together organizations, advocates and workers to campaign for better wages and working conditions.
These organizations have signed this petition already. Sign on as your organization to be added to the list. (Email us at email@example.com if you signed for your group but we missed you):
Vancouver and District Labour Council
Retail Action Network
First Call: BC Child and Youth Advocacy Coalition
Living Wage for Families Campaign
Together Against Poverty Society
BC Government and Service Employees Union
Service Employees International Union, Local 2
Victory Square Law Office
Alliance for People’s Health
Dr. Kendra Strauss, Director, The Labour Studies Program SFU
Prof. Gerardo Otero, School of International Studies SFU
BC Poverty Reduction Coalition
Vancouver Committee for Domestic Workers and Caregivers’ Rights
The Hospital Employees’ Union
Social Environmental Alliance
Asian Women for Equality
Community Legal Assistance Society
United Food and Commercial Workers 1518
Victoria Labour Council
Climate Justice Victoria
Note on “Paid Sick Days for All”
The Employment Standards Act doesn’t offer protections for all workers and many are entirely or partially excluded by the Act. This includes gig economy workers, sex workers, self-employed workers, and migrant and undocumented workers. We urge the government to ensure no workers fall through the cracks and all have equal access to basic work protections like paid sick days.
Why do we need paid sick days?
- We are now in phase three of the recovery period from the pandemic but we have yet to receive paid sick leave. Medical experts say that the second wave of COVID-19 is imminent. Workers need to feel comfortable to stay home from work if they have COVID-related symptoms while having the assurance they’ll still get paid.
- Access to paid sick days shouldn’t depend on income level. 89% of workers in BC earning less than $30,000/ year don’t have paid sick days. We need to fix this by providing workers with paid sick days under the BC Employment Standards Act.