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Canadian Union of Postal Workers president Denis Lemelin was the first of four national public sector leaders to arrive for a week-long leaders’ tour of Colombia that begins July 18. He was greeted by members of the Sindicato de Trabajadores Postales de Colombia (STPC - Union of Postal Workers).

Lemelin will be joined by Paul Moist, national president of the Canadian Union of Public Employees, John Gordon, national president of the Public Service Alliance of Canada and George Heyman, international vice-president of the National Union of Public and General Employees.

The group will study human and labour rights, working conditions, and exchange views on free trade. They will meet with the outgoing Canadian ambassador, government officials and members of the opposition. They will also discuss privatization and other problems with public sector trade unionists.

The leaders return to Canada on July 25.