Equality Statement | The Ontario Federation of Labour

Equality Statement

The Ontario Federation of Labour is committed to providing an inclusive, positive environment at all Federation activities and ensuring that all individuals are treated with respect and dignity.

Union solidarity is based on the belief that people are equal and deserve respect. Words, actions or conduct which are racist, sexist, homophobic or transphobic divide us. Discrimination based on disability, age, religion, language and ethnic origin also divides us.

As trade unionists, mutual respect, cooperation and acceptance are our goals. Behaviour that embarrasses, humiliates, excludes or intimidates prevents us from working together and will not be tolerated nor condoned.

Harassment is unwelcome action by any person whether verbal, psychological or physical, on a single or repeated basis, which humiliates, insults or degrades.

Bullying is unwanted conduct, comments, actions, or gestures that affect a person’s dignity, psychological or physical health and well-being. Bullying may result from the actions of one individual towards another, or from the behavior of a group. It is the abuse of perceived power that degrades, threatens and/or intimidates.

Trade union principles prohibit us from infringing on the human rights of others and oblige us to unite together to protect rights when others are attacked or victimized.

The Ontario Federation of Labour does not condone or tolerate harassment, bullying or discrimination or any behaviour that creates an intimidating or hostile environment. All complaints will be investigated through the Resolution and Complaint Procedure.

The OFL’s policies and practices must reflect our collective commitment to equality. Our work must demonstrate that all persons deserve dignity, equality and respect.