Friday, July 21, 2017

Toronto's Ethiopian and Eritrean communities fight for rights at work - INSIDE TORONTO

by Mike Adler 
Originally published: July 19, 2017
Publisher: InsideToronto.com 

“They are not part of the system. They don’t vote,” Teferi Zemene says about members of Toronto’s Ethiopian community he volunteers to help.

A licensed plumber turned union organizer, Zemene talks to people he says don’t know their rights at work, or about unions, asking them to take the fight into their own hands.

Along with Abdalla Idris, who speaks to the city’s Eritreans, Zemene formed a “diversity network” for the Toronto and York Region Labour Council.

“It has become our duty,” he said last week.