Activists from across Canada are gathered in Montreal for the largest health and safety conference in CUPEs history. Under the banner Enough! Take back control, more than 380 delegates are attending workshops on workload, stress, violence and taking control of our health and safety committees.
Speaking to the opening plenary, National President Judy Darcy read out the names of CUPE members who have died on the job, and linked those deaths to the number one cause of workplace fatalities corporate greed.
We are witnessing an assault on workers rights and peoples rights and the right to health and safety on the job like we have never seen in our lifetime, said Darcy. The way were going to build our resistance, the way were going to take back control, is in a thousand local struggles in CUPE workplaces across the land.
Listing a series of new initiatives to support health and safety activism, National Secretary-Treasurer Geraldine McGuire congratulated delegates for their dedication and hard work. We can be proud of our members ability to mobilize and stand up for our health and safety rights, she told delegates.