International solidarity

01 May 2015 To workers across Canada and around the world, happy May Day

Let us celebrate the triumph that slowly but inevitably flows when people stand together for what they know is right.

10 Feb 2015 Canadians urge federal government to take a meaningful international stand on the right to strike

“The Canadian government has made us proud many times for taking leading international stands for basic human decency and dignity, and we’re confident that it will do so again by strongly supporting the right to strike during next month’s ILO meeting," says NUPGE National President James Clancy.

19 Jan 2015 Colombia - paramilitaries threaten trade unionists, human rights defenders

Amnesty International (Canada) has issued an urgent request regarding death threats made against activists in Colombia.

27 Nov 2014 McDonald's fires Korean worker for union activity

Join the international campaign to force McDonald's to reinstate Gahyun Lee and respect labour rights. Send your message today

30 Oct 2014 Oxfam report says "Even It Up: Time to End Extreme Inequality"

"Oxfam's report is a timely reminder that any real effort to end poverty has to confront the public policy choices that create and sustain inequality." — Professor Joseph Stiglitz, Columbia University, winner of the Nobel Prize for Economics.

16 Oct 2014 National Union calls for action on Ebola and donates to aid effort

The National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) has provided a donation of $25,000 to international efforts to respond to the Ebola epidemic in Western Africa. Realizing that the crisis requires a greater response from the international community, NUPGE has called on the Conservative government to step up with more resources.

22 Aug 2014 Peoples' Social Forum off to a great start!

Impressive start to a weekend of bringing together diverse social movements.  The theme: Build Together—Win Together—The Future Is Ours!

15 Aug 2014 Peoples' Social Forum for building a better Canada

It is less than a week until the start of the Peoples' Social Forum—a joyous gathering with special exhibitions, work and peoples history tours, film screenings, critical mass rally, a pow-wow, street performances, concerts, games, and building new relationships.

08 Jul 2014 NUPGE sends solidarity to UK public sector workers on strike for better wages and against government policy

"We urge the government to come to the table in good faith, clearly understanding the role public service workers play in strengthening our society and our economy, to negotiate fair wages and working conditions." — James Clancy, NUPGE National President.

28 May 2014 Canada cited in global union's "Route of Shame 2014"

The Route of Shame takes place during the 103rd International Labour Conference (ILC) in Geneva. A major focus of the annual ILC is to determine whether countries are upholding their obligations to respect the rights of workers and their trade unions under International Labour Organization conventions.

10 Apr 2014 NUPGE reaffirms support to the Cuban 5

"The National Union is strongly committed to the campaign to win the release of the remaining members of the Cuban 5 who are unjustly held in U.S. prisons," said James Clancy, NUPGE National President.

18 Feb 2014 Harry Potter, Walking Dead celebrities team up to promote Robin Hood tax

The film’s director is David Yates, who made the last four Harry Potter movies. The actors involved include: Andrew Lincoln (star zombie-fighter on the hit AMC TV show The Walking Dead), Bill Nighy (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and Love, Actually), Javier Cámara (star of Pedro Almodóvar films Talk to Her and Bad Education), Clémence Poésy (Harry Potter), and Heike Makatsch (Love, Actually).

11 Feb 2014 Russian Olympics throws spotlight on LGBT repression and street violence

The National Union is providing financial contribution to the Russian LGBT Network and encourages others to do likewise.  The Network is doing amazing work in the face of both state repression and street violence. 

10 Feb 2014 Workers rafity new collective agreement at Labatt to end eleven month strike

“This is an incredible story that a small group of 45 workers in St. John’s would receive such international attention and solidarity from workers as far away as Argentina, Australia, Belgium, the United States, and across Canada. We are very grateful for the support that helped our workers through this difficult time." — Carol Furlong, NAPE President.

06 Feb 2014 Strike coming at Dutch flower giant FloraHolland

You can make a difference in this struggle for fair treatment in the workplace, and especially as FloraHolland reorganizes its business, by sending an email to FloraHolland Directors.

30 Jan 2014 Join the Intercontinental Day of Action against the Trans-Pacific Partnership, NAFTA and Corporate Globalization

" Rights of corporations take precedence over rights of democratically elected government and its citizens. Only by speaking out against these deals, will we expose their true nature and harm to our future." — Larry Brown, NUPGE National Secretary-Treasurer.

30 Nov 2013 World Aids Day 2013 - Focus on young people and adolescents

Ottawa (01 Dec. 2013) - The focus of this year's World Aids Day by the World Health Organization (WHO) is on HIV and young people.

18 Nov 2013 Edmonton couple fly out to aid Typhoon Haiyan victims

HSAA/NUPGE donates $10,000 while board member flies out to help disaster victims.

15 Nov 2013 Urgent action issued after Colombian trade unionist murdered

Trade union member Oscar López Triviño, who worked for Nestlé, was killed on 9 November in Bugalagrande, south-western Colombia. One day earlier, paramilitaries sent a death threat to members of the union to which he belongs.  Other members of the union are still at risk.

13 Nov 2013 National Union encourages members to support relief efforts in the Philippines

Super Typhoon Haiyan has devastated large areas of the Philippines.  Thousands are dead and 11 million more are affected.  The National Union is urging members to donate to support relief efforts through partner Oxfam Canada.

02 Aug 2013 President's Commentary: Let's keep the conversation going

"We have exciting work ahead, full of new conversations about how to make our country, our communities, our workplaces and our lives better. And we want you to continue to be part of it!" - James Clancy, NUPGE National President.

25 Jun 2013 Global Unions call for immediate end to repression in Turkey

Global Unions and their members believe that the right to peaceful demonstration and freedom of assembly are basic elements of genuine democracy. 

14 Jun 2013 NUPGE Convention kicks off in Ottawa

 “We will be emerging from this convention with a strong action plan to counter these attacks and moving our agenda of justice, equality and fairness for all Canadians forward.” - James Clancy, NUPGE National President.

05 Jun 2013 June 5 marks World Environment Day

Think before you eat and help save our planet.

15 May 2013 Migrant workers account for most new jobs: CLC

“We believe that employers and Ottawa are using the import of vulnerable migrant workers to promote a low wage strategy in Canada.” - Ken Georgetti, CLC President.

08 May 2013 National Union supports University of Regina international students threatened with deportation

National Union writes Minister Kenney on behalf of Nigerian students Victoria Ordu and Favour Amadi who were given the toughest possible punishment for working at Walmart – deportation orders – while apparently Walmart faces no penalty.

06 May 2013 Member Cuban 5 granted permission to remain in Cuba

Solidarity groups declare victory as René González, a member of the Cuban Five, has been given permission to serve remaining portion of his three year parole in Cuba.

02 May 2013 OPSEU supports Stephen Lewis Foundation's Solidarity Tour

Come out to this eight city tour through Manitoba and Ontario to show your support.

30 Apr 2013 Public action needed to protect workers in the garment industry

Your action can help make a difference for garment workers everywhere.

21 Mar 2013 World Water Day provides opportunity to protect a valuable natural resource

World Water Day is a designated United Nations day to recognize the common life sustaining resource that is our fresh water.

20 Feb 2013 NUPGE celebrates World Day of Social Justice

"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."

01 Feb 2013 National Union urges Harper government to join EU counterparts in implementing Robin Hood Tax

National Union wants Harper government to join with its European counterparts in implementing an FTT.

31 Jan 2013 National Union supports Korean trade union leader on hunger strike

President of the Korean Government Employees’ Union (KGEU), Kim Jungnam, went on a hunger strike on January 15 in protest of the dismissal of 137 workers, including the KGEU General Secretary and President, for their trade union activities.

13 Dec 2012 National Union reaffirms solidarity links with Colombian lawyers collective

Alirio Uribe Muñoz, President of Colombia's Jose Alvear Restrepo Lawyers Collective (CCAJAR), was accompanied by Pascal Paradis from Lawyers Without Borders Canada (LWBC) to a meeting with NUPGE's National Executive Board.

11 Dec 2012 Migrant rights activists denounce federal government for stripping away EI benefits for migrant workers

It is estimated that migrant workers have contributed $3.4 million annually into Canada's Employment Insurance scheme. However it was not until 2002 that some migrant workers started to access special benefits.

29 Nov 2012 PSI - A Robin Hood Tax for the Common Good

Over 1,000 people take to the street to speak out for fair taxes everywhere at Public Services International.  

28 Nov 2012 NUPGE Alberta VP promotes ATN campaign at PSI World Congress

"The best way for any nation to combat income inequalty is to ensure its common wealth is used for its common good." - Elisabeth Ballermann, NUPGE Alberta VP and HSAA President.

22 Nov 2012 Walmart workers protest on the U.S.'s busiest shopping day of the year

"Walmart is more concerned about furthering its low-wage, McJobs agenda intended to line the pockets of company executives while their workers barely scrape by." - James Clancy, NUPGE National President.

18 Sep 2012 Prominent Colombian peace activist and others arrested

Country's leading peace activist arrested while preparing to board a plane at Bogota's El Dorado International Airport en route to a meeting in Barcelona, Spain. 

11 Sep 2012 NUPGE urges Kenney to let Iraq war resister and family stay in Canada

The National Union asks Immigration Minister to allow Iraq war resister Kimberly Rivera and her family to remain in Canada on humanitarian and compassionate grounds.

12 Jun 2012 Trade committee to study flawed Canada-Colombia human rights report

House of Commons committee to look more closely at flawed Human Rights Impact Assessment that was conducted on the Canada-Colombia Free Trade Agreement.

05 Jun 2012 Corporate greed more important to employers, as group at ILO refuse to discuss worker's rights violations

Employers have hijacked the process based on a misplaced ideological conviction that the right to strike, guaranteed under numerous laws, domestic constitutions and international instruments, poses a threat to corporate greed.

06 May 2012 General Secretary of Colombian Sugar Cane Cutters’ union assassinated

Daniel Aguirre becomes the seventh Colombian trade unionist killed this year, and the 61st since Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos took office in August 2010.

24 Apr 2012 NUPGE signs on to international letter demanding Canada strengthens UNCTAD’s role in global governance

Harper government trying to undermine sustainable development at UNCTAD conference in Doha today, say Canadian civil society organizations.

27 Oct 2011 NUPGE provides support to Mexican workers with NAFTA challenge

Electrical workers persecuted by Mexican government.

14 Oct 2011 NUPGE to President Sarkozy: Don’t listen to the Harper government; Canadians strongly support a Global Financial Transaction Tax

“The Harper government is not speaking on behalf of most Canadians on this issue." - James Clancy, National President, NUPGE

07 Oct 2011 October 7 - Celebrate World Day for Decent Work

"As the trade union movement has well pointed out, it is growth and decent jobs, not austerity, which are essential to beating the crisis and putting an end to the growing inequality and poverty around the globe." - James Clancy, NUPGE National President.

07 Sep 2011 Global Unions issue statement for international financial institutions annual meeting

Statement calls on the international finance institutions to assume leadership in putting a halt to destructive economic policies and to put job creation at the top of their agenda.  

21 Aug 2011 Trade union movement condemns murder of Colombian Mineworkers' leader

Letters of protest sent shortly after Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper defends the progress Colombia made and promotes Canada-Colombia trade agreement.

08 Jun 2011 ITUC Survey: Repression of union rights and economic freedoms across the globe

A survey across 143 countries find Colombia and the Americas the deadliest region.

29 Mar 2011 U.S. labour ties worker's struggle to civil rights movement

'We Are One' events to take place across the U.S. on April 4, the 43rd anniversary of the day Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated after speaking in Memphis, Tennessee on behalf of striking black sanitation workers.

10 Mar 2011 Bill to provide affordable drugs to developing world goes to Senate

One more fight ahead as the bill now goes before the Senate where it will face a challenge by some government-appointed Senators intent on blocking passage of the bill.

24 Feb 2011 Message of solidarity on 10th anniversary of Columbian activists' tragic death

"By all accounts, your father was an amazing man. That his vision and inspiration continues on to this day is a testament to him. There is no telling how much more he would have accomplished had his life not been taken from him." - James Clancy, NUPGE national president

24 Nov 2010 Toronto rally Nov. 30 to back labour rights in Mexico

'There is a clear goal of eliminating independent trade unions in Mexico.... Let’s stand in support of all independent Mexican unions.'

23 Nov 2010 Failure to control Canadian mining firms condemned

Letter blasts Harper government for killing Bill C-300, a law that would have held Canadian mining companies accountable for human rights and environmental abuses abroad.

19 Sep 2010 NUPGE asks Colombian president to protect activists

CAJAR lawyers, journalists, administrative staff and paralegals targeted with death threats and intimidation.

05 Sep 2010 Canada backs UN inquiry into crimes in Burma

NUPGE wrote Prime Minister Stephen Harper last month urging Canada to support a commission of inquiry into war crimes and crimes against humanity.

26 Aug 2010 NUPGE responds to flood crisis in Pakistan

NUPGE and its Component unions have contributed $50,000 so far as fallout from the disaster in Pakistan escalates.

25 Aug 2010 NUPGE presses Ottawa on Burma rights campaign

'The record of horrific human rights abuses by the military government of Burma is lengthy.' - James Clancy.

31 May 2010 NUPGE urges PM to take stand against Gaza attack

James Clancy has written Stephen Harper urging the Canadian government to condemn the attack on the flotilla during his meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

26 Mar 2010 Stop backroom deal on the free trade agreement with Colombia!

Late night Liberal-Conservative deal concocted to try to force the Canada-Colombia free trade agreement through parliament is an insult to Canadian and Colombian civil society.

24 Mar 2010 World unions organize global action against Vale

Unions working together include dozens of labour organizations from Australia, Brazil, Germany, Indonesia, Mozambique, New Caledonia, Peru, Sweden, South Africa, Zambia, among others.

23 Feb 2010 Canadian-African week of action on HIV-AIDS

National Union of Public and General Employees supporting campaign activities that will target Canadian embassies and Prime Minister Harper.

08 Feb 2010 NUPGE challenges PM: live up to lofty G8 rhetoric

Union says Harper must take action at home and abroad to show he is serious about championing maternal health and child care around the globe.

11 Jan 2010 Public sector unions in Canada and Europe alarmed by proposed trade deal

Canadian public sector unions along with the European Federation of Public Service Unions release study arguing that the deal is fundamentally flawed.

15 Sep 2009 Harper must hold firm to 2011 Afghanistan deadline

'Peace and stability cannot be brought to another country through war and occupation.' - NUPGE president James Clancy.

14 Sep 2009 The Vanishing Islands and Indigenous Rights in Panama

Ben Powless, a Mohawk youth and a student at Carleton University, has just returned from Panama and the International Indian Treaty Council. His brief report for NUPGE is included below.

15 Jul 2009 Majority of Canadians want troops home from Afghanistan, says new poll

New public opinion research by Ipsos Reid reveals that a majority of Canadians want all of the troops in Afghanistan brought home in 2011 when Canada's mission there is due to end.

25 May 2009 Liberals may be wavering on Colombian trade deal

Join the online letter campaign now. Thousands of e-mails and phone calls are having an impact. Liberal MPs are the key. Let's keep up the pressure.

25 Feb 2009 Canada-Colombia free trade agreement condemned

National labour federations and major unions say deal will be 'catastropic for a country like Colombia.'

18 Feb 2009 Death threats a way of life for Colombian unionists

Thirty-nine trade union leaders were killed in 2007, and 41 in 2008, an average of one per week.

12 Feb 2009 National Union mourns deaths in Australian disaster and applauds heroic efforts of public sector workers

The role that public sector workers played in fighting the fire - and saving lives - has not received the recognition that it deserves.  Public sector workers have been at the forefront of responding to the disaster.

04 Feb 2009 Masai for Africa campaign thanks National Union for ongoing support

'We continue to use your encouragement and spend these donated funds wisely to better the lives of the people of Lesotho fighting for their lives against the AIDS pandemic.' Executive Director Andy McDougall

16 Jun 2008 PSI affiliates urged to mark Public Service Day on June 23

Designated by the United Nations General Assembly in 2002