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CUPE’s national leadership has endorsed the Canadian Labour Congress call for Canadian troops to leave Afghanistan.

CUPE’s National Executive Board voted to endorse the CLC position at its meeting in Ottawa Sept. 18-22.

The Congress position, adopted in May, 2006, calls for the Canadian government to:

  • take the necessary measures to ensure the safe and immediate withdrawal of Canadian troops from Afghanistan;
  • increase significantly our resource and financial commitments to UN-led multilateral peacekeeping and humanitarian initiatives such as is needed in Darfur;
  • strengthen developmental aid to Afghanistan so that reconstruction efforts are achieved and engage civil society in developmental programs fostering good governance, and respecting human rights, gender equality and internationally-recognized core labour standards;
  • ensure any future deployment of Canadian troops is debated and voted on by the representatives of the citizens of Canada in the House of Commons.