Claude Gnreux General Vice-President - Qub0065c
Morna Ballantyne Managing Director - National Services
Karin Jordan Communications
March 16-22, 2000
International Meeting on Water
The Hague, Netherlands
- As Canadas largest union, CUPE has been on the front line defending public ownership of our most precious resource water. As a result of Paul Martins February budget the question of who will own our potable water as well as our wastewater systems has been put in question. The lack of funding for infrastructure announced in the budget raises concern for many municipalities across Canada.
The international meeting in The Hague will examine water issues. Both the privatization of domestic water and the sale of water in bulk exports will have a negative impact on all Canadians. CUPE is part of an international delegation who are in The Hague to deliver a clear message that privatization is not the solution to the worlds water problem.
CUPE wants to expose the fact that corporate interests are vastly over-estimating the cost of water needs the world over. This strategy will ensure that these same corporations reap the huge profits from the sale of a life source like water. CUPE, along with other coalition partners, will expose the corporate connections and show there are public, community-controlled alternatives to multinational-owned water.
Our delegates can be reached by cellular phone at 011 31 616 404 355 or 011 31 616 400 739.
For more information:
Catherine Louli, CUPE Communications
(613) 237-1590 ext 268