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Conference delegates representing over 16,000 CUPE university workers in Ontario are mounting a campaign to fight against privatization and deregulation of post-secondary education.

“Fewer employees are working harder for less money and watching while the services students receive continue to decline,” said Rick Graham, Chair of Ontario’s University Workers Coordinating Committee. “At the same time we’re watching tuition rise to the point where we can’t imagine how anyone, especially our own children, can afford a university education.

“Throughout our conference, university workers told stories of service cuts, overdue wages, students turning to food banks, and university administrators unwilling to take on the provincial government”

Concerned that funding cuts and tuition deregulation are encouraging privatization, university activists will be meeting this fall to plan campus-based and province wide actions.