CUPE sends solidarity and sympathies to Oshawa auto workers

Written by Communications chair. Posted in News

CUPE solidarity

The Canadian Union of Public Employees is sending solidarity and sympathies to the workers and families impacted by GM’s decision to shutter its plant in Oshawa.

“This decision is devastating for the workers, their families, and so many communities around Oshawa and the Durham region who have built General Motors into what it is today,” said CUPE National President Mark Hancock.

“Oshawa auto workers are going to put up the fight of their lives to save their jobs and their communities, and CUPE will be there to support them,” said CUPE National Secretary-Treasurer Charles Fleury.

Hancock says the federal government must step up immediately to support workers and their families, and demand accountability from GM. “A decade ago, Canadian taxpayers stepped in with billions of dollars to save GM,” Hancock noted. “GM can’t just take a bailout and run a few years later. The government of Canada owes it to Oshawa and to all Canadians to demand accountability from GM.”

Statement by Mark Hancock and Charles Fleury on the Liberal government’s back-to-work legislation

Written by Communications chair. Posted in Labour Updates, News

Canada’s striking postal workers have the full support of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) and its 665,000 members nationwide.

During the 2015 election campaign, Justin Trudeau called out the Harper government for “rolling back many fundamental labour rights that affect workers’ ability to organize freely, bargain collectively in good faith, and work in a safe environment.” Yet here we are today, watching the Liberal government under Prime Minister Trudeau legislating striking postal workers back to work.

His predecessor, Stephen Harper, did the same in 2011, but with one important difference: at least Stephen Harper allowed for a debate in Parliament. The Liberal government’s draconian procedural measures have ensured its back-to-work legislation will sail through the House of Commons in a matter of a few hours.

Postal workers have been on rotating strikes to demand equal pay and safer workplaces. But rather than allow them the opportunity to collectively bargain for fairness and safety in their jobs, causes the Liberals claim to support, the government has come down squarely in the corner of management. This decision from Trudeau and Employment Minister Patty Hajdu sets a dangerous precedent and sends a clear message to employers everywhere: don’t bother bargaining, we’ll bail you out.

Collective bargaining is how meaningful progress is made in the lives and livelihoods of working people. That’s why it’s a right protected by the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Mr. Trudeau had a choice to make this week and, unfortunately, he has chosen to join the ranks of Stephen Harper and others who worked to undermine those rights, rather than respect and strengthen them. In tabling this legislation, Trudeau has betrayed not just postal workers, but all working people in Canada.

Nov 22, 2018

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