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National President Paul Moist has sent a message of solidarity to Public Services International affiliates in Norway on behalf of CUPE members and staff.

Dear Sisters and Brothers,

On behalf of the over 600,000 members of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) I am writing to send this message of solidarity in the wake of the tragic events of July 22, 2011 in Oslo and Utoya Island.

Such extreme and senseless violence against innocent people is impossible to fathom or understand.  At this very sad moment in the history of your country we offer our sincerest condolences to the families of all of the innocent victims of these barbaric acts. In the face of such tragedy, our collective responsibility is to continue the global struggle for peace and the elimination of all forms of hatred and violence.

Our global trade union movement exists to support workers and our rights to free collective bargaining and essential public services.  Our movement also exists to offer support to one another in times of need far beyond our trade union and global justice issues.

This is such a moment, and I offer the thoughts and prayers of all CUPE members at this critical moment and in the days ahead.

As one of the two Titulars for the Public Services International InterAmerican Region, I offer this solidarity message on behalf of all PSI affiliates in our region. Please know that our millions of members are united with you at this difficult time.

In solidarity,

Paul Moist
National President


  • Read the message of solidarity and sympathy from PSI General Secretary Peter Woldorff