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Montreal, Wednesday, August 28, 2002 – After numerous appeals for calm ever since the labour dispute at Vido0074ron started, the leadership of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) in Qub0065c is reiterating that there is no place for vandalism in labour relations. CUPE considers that workers and the labour movement have nothing to gain from acts of vandalism – in fact, just the opposite. This is the thrust of an internal bulletin that CUPE is sending to all its 500 affiliated unions today.

As you know, the media have reported numerous acts of sabotage aimed at Vido0074ron’s facilities in recent weeks. In this context, CUPE thinks it is important to remind all its 100,000 members in Qub0065c of its position, which has never changed: CUPE condemns vandalism. Acts of vandalism do not serve the interests of workers. They are part of a “cowboy” mentality in which certain individuals decide to take the law into their own hands, and “they are not acceptable pressure tactics in a society that calls itself civilized,” writes CUPE.

“The end does not justify the means,” the union reminds its members. CUPE’s leadership urges all its members “not to yield to the temptation to use such methods, even given the presence of strikebreakers.”

With close to 100,000 members in Qub0065c, CUPE is present in many sectors of work, including health care and social services, education, universities, municipalities, public utilities, urban and air transportation, communications and Qub0065c government corporations and public agencies. It is the largest of the unions affiliated with the FTQ.

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