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BURNABYCUPE BC secretary-treasurer Mark Hancock and staff enjoyed a rare intercultural exchange today when a labour delegation from Wuhan City in Hubei province, China, dropped by B.C. regional office for a visit.

The six labour leaders, on a brief North American tour that will take them to Toronto and Los Angeles next, were representatives of the Wuhan General Labour Union, which covers communication, economic and technological development, fibre optics and agriculture.

On their tour of the BCRO, led by local government liaison Kathy Corrigan and a local translator, the Chinese visitors learned about which sectors CUPE represents, how many members there are, how servicing works and the various roles of regional staff.

A tour of the office was followed by a brief meeting in the Grace Hartman boardroom, where green tea was served, gifts were exchanged, and Hancock and the international guests shared observations about the role of labour unions in society.