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Opens Labour Day with high profile speakers and more than 1200 delegates

OTTAWA – A major five-day international congress on the fight to strengthen public services launches Monday, September 2nd (Labour Day) at the Ottawa Congress Centre with speeches from some of the world’s most notable experts on public services.

Keynote speakers

Public Services International President William Lucy

Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) President Ken Georgetti

Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) National President Judy Darcy

International Confederation of Free Trade Unions (ICFTU) General-Secretary Guy Ryder

Monday, September 2, 2002 at 10:00 a.m.

Congress Hall, Ottawa Congress Centre, 55 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa

After years of cutbacks and threats from privatization and global trade agreements, the future of public services is one of the most important public policy questions to be addressed by governments around the world. And public sector unions have a central role to play in that debate.

The PSI World Congress takes place every five years. The 598 affiliated unions represent more than 20 million public sector workers. This World Congress is hosted in Canada by: Canadian Union of Public Employees, Service Employees International Union Canada, National Union of Public and General Employees and the Public Service Alliance of Canada.

The full release of the week’s events can be viewed at www.newswire.ca under Public Services International.

For further information:

Lynn Simmons, cell (416) 931-4217

Sandra Sorensen, office (613) 237-1590, cell (613) 282-6225

Laurie Kingston, office (613) 237-1590, cell (613) 266-1415