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CUPE recognizes International Workers’ Day today, May 1, in solidarity with millions of workers around the world.

In commemoration of the struggle for an eight hour work day, we recognize the historic struggles of workers who have gone before us and their hard fought gains we benefit from today. We celebrate the resistance of workers today who continue to fight to realize genuine labour rights and economic justice.  

CUPE unites with sister unions and partners in Colombia, Burma, the Philippines, South Africa and elsewhere as neo-liberal forces around the world are determined to eliminate and deny workers’ right to bargain collectively and our right to social and economic security. This fight is more important than ever in Canada, with legislative attacks on workers’ rights mounting.

As workers and community members we assert our right to access a strong public sector, decent work and democracy in our workplaces and communities. Today we come together in our workplaces and in the streets to fight for women’s rights, minority rights, the environment, a fair economy, social and economic justice.

Long live international solidarity!