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Students and their allies across the country held a hugely successful Day of Action on February 6. On university and college campuses and in front of provincial legislatures, thousands of students rallied to protest soaring tuition fees and demand improved access to post-secondary education.

In a letter of endorsement to the Canadian Federation of Students, National President Judy Darcy confirmed CUPE’s strong support for a freeze and reduction in tuition fees.

We know that high tuition fees discourage low-income students from seeking post-secondary education,” said Darcy. “The debt load that is accumulated is a formidable burden to ask any person to accept. And recent moves toward private universities and deregulating tuition fees will only worsen the situation.”

In several provinces division presidents and local leadership joined with CUPE members in support of the students, demonstrating CUPE’s commitment to the struggle for accessibility, equity, quality, and public accountability in post-secondary education.