Workers rights a long-term passion for Dorothy Marko
Monday 29 Jul 2019
Dorothy Marko is a long time HSUWA member. She also recently became the Workplace Rep for the Medical Secretaries and Typists at RPH.
Dorothy has always been a supporter of the work unions do and even remembers attending industrial actions in Canada when she was young. Her father was an organiser for CUPE (Canadian Union of Public Employees) and worked mainly with hospital employees in the Ontario region in the 1960s.
Dorothy still remembers her first strike:
“I would have only been about 4 or 5 years old at that time and I can remember my dad taking me out of school so he and my mom could take me to Brantford to walk my first (but definitely not last!) picket line. It was a really heated strike and unions from other areas joined the workers on the picket lines.
"I was only small then, so I remember one of my dad’s friends carried me for most of the day on his shoulders while I carried the sign. Over the next few years, until my dad left the union to start his own business, he brought me along a number of times to protests."
It's certainly wonderful to see people like Dorothy continuing the passion for workers rights down the generations.