Isabelle and Nia, hairdressers who were owed almost $10,000 in unpaid wages from Mankind Grooming, successfully recovered the full amount today. Once again, workers have proved that when we fight back, we win!
We have cancelled the community action that was set for this evening. A heartfelt thanks to all of you who were planning to join us today outside Mankind to show your solidarity! It’s widespread support from the community that scared Mankind’s owner into finally paying what should have been paid over two years ago.
If Nia and Isabelle hadn’t organized, they would be still waiting for their hard-earned money today. Each of these direct actions they organized together with the Workers’ Action Centre got results:
- After a delegation visit to the employer, $3,213.03 was paid on Friday, January 24
- After an picket outside Mankind, $2,755.15 was paid on Wednesday, February 26
- After being shamed on social media, $1,787.08 was paid on Friday, March 5
- The day before our large community action, an additional $1,112.98 was paid on Tuesday, March 10
By standing up together, we did what the Ministry of Labour should have done. There is no good reason why the Ministry of Labour could not have gotten justice for Isabelle and Nia much sooner. The Ministry’s failure to enforce its own Orders to Pay is nothing short of shameful.
The victory today belongs solely to the workers! Let’s keep standing up for workers and pushing the government to enforce our rights in a meaningful way.