"We work on behalf of our members to promote and protect their rights in the workplace but our social justice work ensures that all boats rise together - union and non-union, here in Canada and around the world."
Ottawa (20 Feb. 2013) - In 2007, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed February 20 as World Day of Social Justice to promote the efforts of the international community to eliminate poverty, achieve full employment and decent work, gender equality and access to social well being and justice."
The National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) has a long history of promoting social justice and economic equality for all.
"If we allow inequities to flourish without action, we will never achieve full equality," said James Clancy, NUPGE President. "We work on behalf of our members to promote and protect their rights in the workplace but our social justice work ensures that all boats rise together - union and non-union - here in Canada and around the world."
"Our All Together Now! campaign, focusing on promoting public services, decent jobs and tax fairness, is a prime example of the commitment NUPGE members have to social and economic justice," Clancy continued.
"Labour unions, by fighting for decent jobs and wages, adequate health care, pay equity, pensions and other social benefits, have created standards that apply to everyone. It is this kind of social justice that inspires us to work to remove any barrier that people face because of gender, age, race, ethnicity, religion, culture or disability."
The adoption by the International Labour Organization of the Declaration on Social Justice for a Fair Globalization is just one recent example of the UN system’s commitment to social justice. The Declaration focuses on guaranteeing fair outcomes for all through employment, social protection, social dialogue, and fundamental principles and rights at work.
"On this World Day for Social Justice, we stand in solidarity with all those whose work mirrors ours, solidly based on the principles of justice, equity, democracy, participation, transparency, accountability and inclusion."
The National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) is one of Canada's largest labour organizations with over 340,000 members. Our mission is to improve the lives of working families and to build a stronger Canada by ensuring our common wealth is used for the common good. NUPGE