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CUPE’s national leaders sent the following message in support of a mass march in South Africa on March 7, with unions demanding free elections and democracy in Zimbabwe and Swaziland.

On behalf of its 570,000 members, we, the leaders of the Canadian Union of Public Employees, support the demands of Council of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) and the South African International Solidarity Front for free elections and democracy in Zimbabwe and Swaziland.

As Canada’s largest union, and a long-time sister union to the South African Municipal Workers’ Union (SAMWU) and the National Health, Education and Allied Workers’ Union (NEHAWU), we march with you in spirit today and we salute the creation of a solidarity front to demand justice in these two countries.

With this message, we respond to your call on all progressive peoples of the world to join in putting a stop to the looming disaster and suffering of our sister peoples of Zimbabwe and Swaziland.

The message was signed “In global union solidarity” by National President Paul Moist and National Secretary-Treasurer Claude Genereux. It was read outside embassies along the march.