On the Front Lines of the Pandemic: Racialized Workers and COVID
- October 26, 2021
- 10:00 AM EDT - 11:00 AM EDT
The pandemic has highlighted and further entrenched deep rooted structural inequalities embedded in the social, political and economic fabric of capitalist society. Inequalities framed through systems of white supremacy and racial domination have manifested themselves in a number of ways including differential levels of exposure to the virus, the execution of the vaccine roll outs, and unevenly shared financial hardships and other burdens.
With a particular spotlight on the experiences of Personal Support Workers working in the heart of the COVID storm in Long Term Care facilities, this podcast focuses on the ways in which systemic racism manifests itself in the Canadian context -- unearthing how the ongoing racialization of the Canadian labour market has impacted workers. This podcast is the first of a series that will focus on capturing and highlighting the experiences of racialized frontline workers during COVID. Organized by the Unifor National Chair in Social Justice and Democracy.
An anonymous Personal Support Worker
Speaking out critically about workplace conditions can have negative repercussions for workers. This Personal Support Worker has chosen to share her experience and expert knowledge without sharing her name or photo. She believes that employers must take a greater interest in the opinions of PSWs and act on the needs of employees providing frontline services.
More Information/ Get Involved:
- The Upstream Lab, external link
- Andrew Pinto, Pinky Hapsari, Debra Slater, “Lack of protection for personal support workers emblematic of their treatment by the system, external link,” Toronto Star, April 14, 2020:
- City of Toronto - COVID 19: Ethno-Racial Identity & Income, external link