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OTTAWA - On Thursday, March 13th, three leaders from the Canadian Union of Public Employees will be flying to Kyoto, Japan to attend the third World Water Forum. CUPE represents municipal water workers across Canada and has been a leader in the global movement to prevent the world’s water systems from falling under corporate control. The CUPE delegation will work with other unions and political action groups in Kyoto to convince governments that water privatization hasn’t worked in Canada and it’s not the solution for meeting the urgent needs of communities in Africa, Asia and Latin America. All three CUPE leaders will be available for comment before they leave for Japan, as well as during their stay.


Claude Gnreux

National Secretary-Treasurer, Canadian Union of Public Employees

Frank Morrissey

Chair, Water and Wastewater Division, CUPE 416 in Toronto

Barbara Plews

President, CUPE 287, representing municipal workers in North Battleford (Saskatchewan)


The World Water Forum will bring together 10,000 people - including government leaders - to debate how to improve the world’s water systems. Over the last ten years, multinational corporations have been extending their control of the world’s water supply. Business leaders will make the case for increased privatization, while labour groups like CUPE will fight for stronger public services and accountability.

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For more information:

Kaj Hasselriis, CUPE Communications, 613-237-1590 ext. 268, 613-798-6925 (cell)

Robert Fox, CUPE Communications, 613-237-1590 ext. 264