Sweep and Say Union: A play about the struggles for justice of Toronto’s Portuguese women cleaners

Toronto Workers’ Theatre Group presents:

SWEEP AND SAY UNION - A play about the struggle for justice by Toronto’s Portuguese office cleaners

“The people united will never be defeated.” That was the chant of determined women strikers in the streets of Toronto nearly forty years ago. This play brings to life the struggles for justice waged by 250 women cleaners working at First Canadian Place in downtown Toronto, most of them Portuguese. They wanted decent wages and respect for the hard work they did keeping Toronto offices clean. In June1984 they walked out on strike and waged a dramatic, colourful six-week fight. And they won. The Toronto Workers’ Theatre Group is delighted to be honouring the memory of these women, for whom a huge mural was recently constructed in Toronto.

The play is based on the book, Cleaning Up: Portuguese Women’s Fight for Labour Rights in Toronto, published by Between the Lines (2023).

Steelworkers’ Hall, 25 Cecil Street, Toronto

Wednesday 22 November: 7.30 pm

Thursday 23 November: 7.30 pm

Friday 24 November: 7.30 pm

Sunday 26 November: 2.00 pm

Admission Free (donations welcome)

Tickets from Eventbrite - please book here.

Audience members must wear a mask