“Sin justicia, no hay paz.”

Pictures from the Dec. 5 picket line rally at the Centre for Spanish Speaking Peoples.

“Sin justicia, no hay paz.” “No justice, no peace” means the same in any language. Seventeen workers at the Centre for Spanish Speaking Peoples went on strike Dec. 1 to fight employer demands for a 30 per cent wage cut and massive benefit reductions. The members of Local 512 were in a fighting mood on Dec. 5 as supporters turned out in full force on the picket line.

The sign promises “cash money,” but with an employer demanding a 30 per cent pay cut, the only cash workers at the Centre are getting is their strike pay.

Workers at the Centre provide Legal Aid services and help for new immigrants, women fleeing abuse, and people with AIDS. Their work plays a vital role in the life of Toronto’s Spanish-speaking community.

Strikes and lockouts at small agencies can usually be traced back to one thing: bad management. The picket sign tells the story.

Holding the line at Jane St. and Wilson Ave.

Local 512 unit steward Consuelo Rubio addresses the crowd as OPSEU president Leah Casselman looks on.

The strikers have the full backing of all 100,000 OPSEU members in their struggle, Leah Casselman told the rally.

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