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A united labour movement is key to defending workers’ rights in the current climate, CUPE National President Paul Moist told delegates to the Canadian Auto Workers’ constitutional convention.

Moist urged unions and social justice groups to join together to fight a hypocritical agenda which demands ongoing sacrifices from workers in response to an economic crisis they did not create – while compensation for CEOs of major corporations continues to grow. He emphasized that privatization and deregulation are the root causes of the current crisis, rather than being a solution.

As well, Moist thanked CAW members for their support during the recent strikes in Windsor and Toronto, stressed the importance of decent private sector jobs in ensuring a society with strong public services, and urged continued solidarity between public and private sector unions.