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On October 31, the Canadian Federation of Students is mobilizing across the country in opposition to the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA) and CUPE is calling on its members on university and college campuses to support these actions.

Trade and foreign affairs ministers will be meeting in Quito, Ecuador from October 31 to November 2 to continue negotiations for the FTAA.

From all over Central and South America, students, social justice activists and trade unionists are organizing a large demonstration in Quito against the globalization agenda and have called for solidarity actions.

In Canada, CFS is taking the lead, with support from union and community allies.

CUPE has taken a strong position in opposition to the FTAA, with its agenda of privatization, deregulation and slashing public programs. We need to hold our government accountable for the decisions it makes and demand an end to FTAA negotiations.

In a letter to campus locals, National President Judy Darcy encouraged them to join in support of the CFS activities.

“Let’s continue our fight against globalization in every way possible. Together we must defend our public services and oppose the FTAA!” she wrote.

You can find out more about plans for the 31st by visiting CUPE supports student action against free trade.