SamHi, my name is Paviter (Sam) Ghuman. I was born and raised in England, UK and have been living in Canada for approximately 3 years. I live in Guelph with my wife and two children.

I have worked in the automotive industry for 10 years – for BMW Group – before becoming a teacher of Business and Information Technology. I came to Canada for a new life and to continue to teach but have had no luck getting myself a suitable post. I applied and successfully got accepted to work for TMMC. I have now been at TMMC just under one year. I was so excited when I started here. I have worked hard and found the management have been supportive to me especially in times of need.

However, I have been shocked at certain aspects of TMMC, especially how the contract worker situation is currently set up. I come from a place where most large organizations, especially the size and status of TMMC, are unionized. For me, it is just unreal that TMMC is not unionized. I did not realize there was such a difference between contract and permanent workers. The ten year pay scale, the limited benefits (FYI – I brush my teeth 6 times in a day), the lack of holidays just seems so so bizarre. When I told my friends and family back in England, they thought I was joking – in fact they still don’t believe me!

I was very proud to work for BMW Group and I am equally proud to work for TMMC. I work with some great people and want to be part of the company’s future growth and success. The long term success and future of the Cambridge and Woodstock plants are in everybody’s interest. Success does not only mean dollars and profit for Toyota, but success should also be for the hard-working employees of these plants who work so tirelessly and sacrifice so much personal and family time to be part of this success. Employees do not just want to be seen working on the line but they want and need to be heard. Without Unifor, the voices are falling on deaf ears.

The gulf between the contract worker and permanent worker is immense. I understand and respect service but issues like pay, benefits, the length of time on contract and holidays need to be addressed. So many contract employees are so proud to be hired by and work at TMMC, they just want and deserve more than they are currently getting.

Finally I would like to say that I am privileged to work for TMMC as it is a great place to work. But with the help and input of Unifor, it could be an awesome place to work. It is time to make the decision that will change your working lives – it is NOW OR NEVER for you to get off the fence, don’t be afraid, don’t let the horror stories scare you, vote for yourself, vote for your future, vote for your children, vote for your families – vote YES for Unifor!

Thank you,

Paviter (Sam) Ghuman

 

If you are a contract worker, we encourage you to support the campaign! Here’s how you can help:

  1. Sign your union support card: Find a blue card in the plant or sign it here. Signing a card is confidential.
  2. Share your story: Send your story of working as a contract Team worker, the challenges you face and the hopes you have for your job and your workplace. If you prefer, state that you want your story to remain anonymous and we will not use your name.
  3. You can vote! Vote Yes! : When the vote on joining Unifor happens, be sure to vote YES! so that together we can bring improvements to make Toyota a better place to work.