September 8 is International Literacy Day. This year’s theme is: “Promoting literacy for a world in transition: Building the foundation for sustainable and peaceful societies”.

We are facing significant changes in our workplaces and in our lives. Trends such as globalization, digitalization, and demographic shifts are changing work, communities, the way society functions, and the way people interact. In this environment, literacy and skills will be more important than ever.

CUPE believes literacy and skills training are fundamental rights for workers and for all people. Training and education is often included as a requirement in the contracts that we negotiate, and members have access to a wide range of skills building workshops through CUPE Education.

CUPE’s National Literacy and Essential Skills Committee promotes the use of clear language within CUPE and encourages employers and governments to adopt clear language. CUPE locals can use the guide to negotiate a clear contract, create a companion document that explains the contract in clear language, or even to adopt clear language in meetings or newsletters.