CUPE’s National Executive Board voted to endorse the CLC position at its meeting in Ottawa Sept. 18-22.
The Congress position, adopted in May, 2006, calls for the Canadian government to:
- take the necessary measures to ensure the safe and immediate withdrawal of Canadian troops from Afghanistan;
- increase significantly our resource and financial commitments to UN-led multilateral peacekeeping and humanitarian initiatives such as is needed in Darfur;
- strengthen developmental aid to Afghanistan so that reconstruction efforts are achieved and engage civil society in developmental programs fostering good governance, and respecting human rights, gender equality and internationally-recognized core labour standards;
- ensure any future deployment of Canadian troops is debated and voted on by the representatives of the citizens of Canada in the House of Commons.