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MEDIA ADVISORY/PHOTO OP

WHEN: Wednesday April 4, 1:00 p.m.

WHERE: Mary Queen of Peace Parish Hall, MacDonald Road, St. Johns, Newfoundland

As the strike by 19,000 public sector workers in Newfoundland enters its fourth day, striking members of both the Canadian Union of Public Employees and the Newfoundland Union of Provincial Employees will rally together in a show of solidarity and determination.

“After years of wage freezes and cuts to the public sector, our members are saying enough is enough. The commitment of both unions is unwavering and we will continue to stand together until the government meets our demands for better wages and decent pensions,” says Judy Darcy, national president of the Canadian Union of Public Employees.

“Governments across Canada have been going after public sector workers for ten years and we are not going to take it any more,” she said. “We see public sector workers fighting back from Newfoundland to BC and in many points in between. In Newfoundland, these men and women have lost 25% in real wages over the last 11 years. Thats the thanks they get for hard work on the front line delivering high quality public services. Its time the government paid them the respect they deserve.”

CUPE is Canadas largest union, representing 495,000 women and men in health care, education, municipalities, social services, libraries, utilities, transportation and airlines across the country.

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Contact: Gail MacNeil (902) 471-8923 cell phone