Oxfam Canada honored Canadian Machinists in recognition of the generous contribution made towards Oxfam’s relief efforts in areas of the Philippines devastated by Typhoon Haiyan on November 8, 2013.
The IAM Canada donation of $50,000 matched the highest amount donated by any union within the Canadian movement. More than $600,000 was donated to Oxfam’s relief efforts by unions across the country.
“We were very, very pleased at the tremendous generosity and support from the IAM,” said Oxfam Canada Executive Director Robert Fox. “The Machinists played a critical role, a leadership role within the Canadian labor movement. They matched the highest donation from any union to this disaster and it reflects a history where the Machinists have been there when there have been major disasters around the world supporting the response.”
IAM Canada answered the call with a $25,000 donation to Oxfam Canada in 2004 to support its relief efforts in the tsunami –shattered regions of Asia.
Also on hand at the presentation ceremonies were members of the IAM Philippine community. Manny Cresencia of IAM Local 717T, a retiree from Magellan Aerospace, was joined by Airport Security Screeners Angelas De Guzman, Arlene Danota and Rowena Bicera, who are members of IAM Local 2921. Also in attendance was IAM District 140 General Chairperson Barrington Barnett, who was responsible for the airport security screeners.
“Our motto is justice on the job and service to the community and I think it’s important that the community needs to know that the union is there for everybody and we’re responding on the basis of need and let me tell you, there is a terrible need in the Philippines right now,” said IAM Canadian General Vice President Dave Ritchie.
To date, Oxfam has reached 500,000 of the worst affected people with life-saving supplies. Making sure people have clean water, safe sanitation and a roof over their heads is Oxfam’s immediate priority.