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Delegates to the 28th annual CUPE Prince Edward Island convention voted May 9 to support an end to unethical pension fund investments “in regimes which violate human rights such as Burma.”

CUPE members are a beacon, not just in Canada, but around the world,” National President Paul Moist said in his speech to the convention held at the University of PEI in Charlottetown.

“In many parts of the world, families have to pay for their children’s education and they can’t afford it,” Moist said in stressing the value of public education and the concerns about privatization in schools.

As with all other division conventions this year, delegates were invited to sign cards supporting the CUPE-Oxfam campaign to fight poverty. Literature on the importance of quality public services and promotional materials on CUPE’s global justice fund were available at a shared booth.