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Public Services International looks to strengthen labour’s support for indigenous rights


Ethel Birkett-LaValley, Vice-President Aboriginal People with the Canadian Labour Congress

Luis Antonio Lara, Guatemalan Indigenous trade union leader, National Public Health Workers Union of Guatemala

Raimundo Coutinho, Brazilian Indigenous trade union leader, National Federation of Utility Workers

James Clancy, President, National Union of Public and General Employees


Before delegates to the 27th World Congress of Public Services International (PSI), Ethel Birkett-LaValley will analyse the situation confronting Indigenous Peoples in the Americas, setting the stage for others to focus on specific examples of Union solidarity. James Clancy discusses the Canadian trade union campaign to win freedom for US Aboriginal political prisoner Leonard Peltier. Luis Antonio Lara will describe the anti-discrimination campaign that his union has embarked upon in Guatemala. And finally, Brazilian Raimundo Coutinho will discuss the exciting gains his union has made when working in solidarity with Indigenous Peoples.


Thursday, September 5, 2002 at 2:00 p.m.


Congress Hall, Ottawa Congress Centre, 55 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa


PSI and unions affiliated to PSI continue to fight for human rights in the workplace by promoting equal opportunity and opposing all types of discrimination. Indigenous peoples play an important part in trade unions’ struggle to achieve that aim.


The full release of the week’s events can be viewed at www.newswire.ca under Public Services International.

For further information:

Len Bush, office (613) 228-9800, cell (613) 612-1838

Liz Holden, office (613) 560-4280, cell (613) 293-4663

Sandra Sorensen, office (613) 237-1590, cell (613) 282-6225

or visit world-psi.org.