CAW Local 462 is active in many communities and supports a wide variety of social and charitable events.
International Day for the Elimination of Racism
February 24, 2009
To: All CAW Locals
Re: March 21st – International Day for the Elimination of Racism
On March 21, 1960 in Sharpeville, South Africa, 69 people were killed and 180 others wounded by
agents of the racist state. They were peacefully demonstrating against the Apartheid regime (which
was created based on the model of the Canadian Reserve System for Aboriginal Peoples). The
Security Council of the United Nations, in an unprecedented move condemned the Sharpeville
massacre and South African government for their racist and inhumane actions.
March 21st was declared “international Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination” by the
General assembly of the United Nations. In Canada, it took a further 22 years for the Ministers from
Federal, Provincial and Territorial governments – at a conference on human rights in 1988 – to agree
to commemorate March 21st as an International Day for the Elimination of Racism.
Our CAW Policy states:
“Unions emerged to not only collectively protect workers from the arbitrary use of power by
employers and governments, but also to create a culture of Equality and dignity for all
members in their ranks”.
Article 3, Section 10 of the CAW Constitution states our obligation to each other clearly:
“Every member of the CAW-Canada will receive equal treatment under this constitution,
regardless of race, sex, creed, colour, marital status, sexual preference, disability, political or
religious affiliation or place of national origin”.
We, the membership and leadership of CAW, at all levels, have a responsibility to embrace and
implement this policy in all aspects of our daily lives. We can also push the issue and bring it to the
top of the political agenda by challenging governments to create the economic, political and social
conditions to eliminate racism from our society.
Please take advantage of this opportunity and promote the
principle of Anti-racism whenever and wherever possible.
Our union has always strived to achieve justice and equality for all. Let’s make sure each one of us
do our part.
Human Rights Department