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VANCOUVER – Angered by having their right to strike legislatively removed, striking CUPE members will stage protest events at the University of British Columbia today.

Teaching assistants, clerical and library support staff and maintenance workers are protesting at all UBC gates. Maintenance workers, members of Local 116, had mediation abruptly ended by government legislation yesterday.

“Every CUPE member will be outraged by this government’s action to put the rights and livelihoods of UBC CUPE workers in serious jeopardy,” CUPE BC president Barry O’Neill said from Gate 1 at UBC. “Clearly, Gordon Campbell continues to run roughshod over B.C.’s public services.”

“This sham of legislation is a ruse to allow the pals of government – the construction companies and private firms who specialize in cheap labour and low quality services to reap profits from the public purse.”

“People are progressively more angry and their protests are becoming louder and deeper as this government continues what can only be described as an abuse of power,” O’Neill said.


ASSIGNMENT EDITORS: Protest actions will culminate in a rally at Gate 1 (corner of Westbrook and University) planned for 12 noon.

Contact:Barry O’Neill, (604) 916-8444.