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Darcy rallies troops against for-profit health care

National President Judy Darcy rallied the troops in Sudbury last week at a public meeting to recruit activists for the fight against for-profit health care.

“The only way to defend and improve health care is by mobilizing like never before,” said Darcy. “We need to draw a line in the sand to show that our union will organize to defend public Medicare the same way we would defend the most important provisions in our collective agreements.”

The meeting was part of a province-wide tour organized by the Ontario Council of Hospital Unions, the Council of Canadians and the Ontario Health Coalition. Originally slated to visit 22 communities, the tour has been extended to cover more than 50 centres.

“This isn’t a fight just for health care workers – it’s a fight for all working Canadians and CUPE members from every sector need to join this fight,” said Darcy.

Darcy was joined in Sudbury by Council of Canadians chairperson Maude Barlow and Ontario Health Coalition coordinator Natalie Mehra.

The week before Darcy addressed a similar gathering in Ottawa. Along with Barlow and OCHU President Michael Hurley, she called for strong community resistance to the P3 hospital planned for Ottawa.