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Delegates to CUPE’s 24th national convention adopted several international solidarity resolutions, including Resolution No. 238, which pledged to work with the Canadian Labour Congress and labour allies to stop the repression of workers in the Philippines. 

This resolution was of great importance to our sisters and brothers in the Philippines, and it has generated positive results in the few short weeks since convention,” said CUPE National President Paul Moist.

Since the adoption of the resolution, the Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) wrote to CUPE to “thank your union for adopting Resolution No. 238, a resolution expressing CUPE’s support for our struggle against the extrajudicial killings of unionists and activists in the Philippines and for continued solidarity relations with ACT.”

As you know, international solidarity played a key role in pressuring the government of President Gloria Arroyo to allow a high-level mission of the International Labor Organization to visit the Philippines to look into the prevailing human and trade union rights situation. We are pleased to inform you that the ILO mission, tasked with investigating gross violations of the freedom of association, did take place.” 

Read the entire letter here.

We have a proud tradition of international solidarity in CUPE.  Worker to worker, shoulder to shoulder, we struggle for basic human rights and for access to quality public services,” Moist said.