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CUPE National’s Secretary-Treasurer Claude Généreux told more than 600 delegates at the Hospital Employees’ Union convention in Vancouver that CUPE will keep up the fight to protect public Medicare.

“Our members care for Canadians from birth until death,” said Généreux, “and our union has committed the resources so that we are now able to continually campaign to preserve and improve health care at every level in our hospitals, in the community and in long-term care.

“Most importantly, no matter what is thrown at us by the forces who would like to chip away at Medicare, to privatize our health services, we’re winning more battles than we’re losing,” he said on September 28.

“We’re resilient and we won’t go away.”

Généreux also acknowledged HEU’s leadership role in the living wage and seniors’ care campaigns in British Columbia, and spoke about the continued importance of mobilizing young workers and fighting to preserve Canadian pensions.