Occupy movement fails to sway employers

Nearly 9 in 10 say protest won’t significantly impact workplace: Pulse Survey
By Amanda Silliker
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 02/13/2012

In late 2011, the Occupy movement — directed against economic and social inequality — saw hundreds of protesters setting up tents in major Canadian cities including Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal and Halifax. DawneBringeland has friends and acquaintances who participated in the protest in Vancouver.

“They’re in the age (range) of 30 to 60 and they began to look at their situation in life and think, ‘Oh my gosh, I’m working 50 to 60 hours a week and I’m getting paid for 35 to 40. Why?’” said Bringeland, a Vancouver-based faculty member in the School of Business at the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT).

Despite the widespread media attention and worldwide demonstrations, few people think the Occupy movement will have a significant impact on the Canadian workplace, according to the latest Pulse Survey. Only 12.2 per cent of respondents think the impact will be significant, found the survey of 589 Canadian HR Reporter readers and members of the Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA).