Supports for Workers and Covid-19: Two Responses

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A Socialist Project e-bulletin ... No. 2026 ... March 20, 2020

Statement from Workers in Toronto’s Travel, Hospitality, and Transportation Sectors

Our economy is built upon mobility. We all move short and long distances every day in an interconnected global economic system. The COVID-19 pandemic will affect all working people and the impact on travel, hospitality and transportation workers will be significant. These are the workers in hotels, airlines, airports, and public transit that literally keep the economy moving. As those representing travel, hospitality and transportation workers in Toronto, we ask the following of government and employers as we manage the pandemic.

1. Health and Safety First. As workers providing services and interacting directly with the public, every precaution must be taken to limit the spread of COVID-19. To maintain the health of workers and the public, we must make travel and transit safe. On March 15, 2020 a Canada Border Services Agency officer was tested positive. These workers are on the front-line of screening travellers.

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