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Ontario Building Trades Council condemns racist incidents

Ontario Building Trades Council condemns racist incidents

TORONTO — The business manager for the Provincial Building and Construction Trades Council of Ontario has issued a statement condemning three recent incidents of anti-Black racism in which nooses were found at three different Toronto construction sites.

“There is no place for racist activity on any construction site in Ontario,” said Patrick Dillon in a July 3 release. “Recent events in Toronto have reminded us that there is more work to do in fighting racism and promoting a more inclusive culture.

“The Ontario Building Trades Council has zero tolerance for any form of racism or intimidation. These hate crimes do not reflect the hardworking women and men who work together to build a better Ontario.”

The council’s Statement of Principles on Workplace Equity states that the council is committed to striving for racial equality and worker solidarity. Discriminatory actions, including acts of intimidation in the construction workplace, are completely unacceptable and the council has a zero tolerance policy towards such acts, the release stated.

“The construction industry is working hard to be inclusive and representative of all Ontarians, and is proud of the efforts made to include new Canadians and underrepresented communities,” Dillon said. “Our workplace should be free of racial discrimination and we will work with employers to create a safe environment for workers.”

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