CUPE National President Judy Darcy is strongly encouraging all locals on college and university campuses to get involved in a Canadian Federation of Students national day of action against the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA) on October 31st.
In a letter to all post secondary locals, Darcy urges campus locals to provide whatever support they can to student associations participating in the events and to take part in CFS-organized events.
CUPE opposes the FTAA because it’s yet another attempt to impose a corporate globalization agenda on the people of the Americas.
“These kinds of free trade agreements merely protect corporate interests and, together with the international financial insitutions, are forcing nations to permanently privatize services, lower labour standards, and slash government funding for public programs,” including post secondary education, Darcy said.
The day of protest is being organized across the hemisphere to coincide with a meeting of trade ministers in Quito, Ecuador to continue negotiating the FTAA.
The links below have both background information and links to contact information for local CFS organizing efforts.
- CUPE Backgrounder on the FTAA
- CFS contact information page for the Hemispheric Day of Action Against the FTAA, Oct 31
- Background on trade issues from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
- Fdration des travailleurs du Qub0065c; rubrique sur la mondialisation (french only)