'It is imperative we all work together.' - Derek Blackburn
Toronto (15 August 2006) - The Canadian government has contributed $150,000 towards the AIDS workplace initiative of the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC).
The funding will help the CLC develop workplace strategies to protect the rights of workers while ensuring healthy work environments in Canada and abroad.
Federal Labour Minister Derek Blackburn said the workplace goal is to "make a difference and to raise awareness" about HIV/AIDS.
"Given the tremendous human, social and economic cost of HIV/AIDS, it is imperative we all work together to find ways to deal with this epidemic," he said.
The funding has been provided by the federal human resources department and the Canadian International Development Agency.
The CLC sponsored an international Labour Forum on AIDS in Toronto over the weekend. It was timed to coincide with the XVI International AIDS Conference, which is being held Aug. 13-18 in Toronto. NUPGE