Italians file human rights complaint against union video
It's been three weeks since the Italian community has been fighting Montreal’s blue collar workers union to remove a controversial anti-corruption video from their web site and YouTube.
They say that by Monday they'll be filing a complaint with Quebec's human rights commission.
The video is part of an anti-corruption campaign, called “Nettoyons Montreal”, and shows a large, well dressed man with a rat tail, fill a safe with stacks of money from his pockets, while traditional Italian music plays in the background.
“We asked for the video to be removed, and for an apology, and nothing has been done, enough is enough, we are in the process of filing a complaint with the human rights commission,” Antonio Sciascia, President of the Canadian Italian Anti-Defamation Committee, told CJAD.
“They don’t understand that associating this kind of behavior to music that is traditionally Italian points the finger to the Italian community as being linked to organized crime and that is unacceptable.”
The union denies that the video targets the Italian community. It says the video was made to get attention because they're upset city work is contracted out instead of given to city employees.
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