CUPE condemns today’s massacre at two mosques in New Zealand, and the rising tide of division and hate that is behind this horrific violence. At least 49 people are dead and dozens more seriously injured, according to emerging reports.

“My first thoughts are with everyone who has been affected, including the victims and their loved ones, the first responders working to save lives and stop the violence, and the Muslim community in New Zealand and around the world,” said CUPE National President Mark Hancock.

“Our collective heartbreak must be matched by a renewed resolve to stand in solidarity against racism and division in all its forms, including hatred and fear of Muslim people. White supremacy and Islamophobia are on the rise in Canada and around the world, and we must name it and resist it wherever we see it.”

CUPE National Secretary-Treasurer Charles Fleury says the only way to fight hatred and division is to unite. “Solidarity is a powerful anti-racism tool. In our workplaces, in our communities and in the streets, CUPE will stand strong in the fight for racial and economic justice. Together, we are stronger than those who want to sow the seeds of division and hate.”

At our 2017 National Convention, CUPE members committed our union to fight the rising tide of racism and hatred we see in Canada and across the world. We recently signed onto an open letter that urged the federal government to combat hate and intolerance, and to designate January 29 as a National Day of Action against Hate and Intolerance.

CUPE will continue to empower members and allies to speak out against all forms of racism and discrimination – including Islamophobia.