Let us celebrate the triumph that slowly but inevitably flows when people stand together for what they know is right.
“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.
Amnesty International (Canada) has issued an urgent request regarding death threats made against activists in Colombia.
Join the international campaign to force McDonald's to reinstate Gahyun Lee and respect labour rights. Send your message today.
"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.
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.
Impressive start to a weekend of bringing together diverse social movements. The theme: Build Together—Win Together—The Future Is Ours!
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.
"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.
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.
"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.
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).
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.
“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.
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.
" 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.
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.
HSAA/NUPGE donates $10,000 while board member flies out to help disaster victims.
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.
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.
"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.
Global Unions and their members believe that the right to peaceful demonstration and freedom of assembly are basic elements of genuine democracy.
“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.
Think before you eat and help save our planet.
“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.
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.
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.
Come out to this eight city tour through Manitoba and Ontario to show your support.
Your action can help make a difference for garment workers everywhere.
World Water Day is a designated United Nations day to recognize the common life sustaining resource that is our fresh water.
NUPGE encourages you to send a letter of protest by email.
"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."
National Union wants Harper government to join with its European counterparts in implementing an FTT.
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.
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.
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.
Over 1,000 people take to the street to speak out for fair taxes everywhere at Public Services International.
"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.
"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.
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.
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.
House of Commons committee to look more closely at flawed Human Rights Impact Assessment that was conducted on the Canada-Colombia Free Trade Agreement.
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.
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.
Harper government trying to undermine sustainable development at UNCTAD conference in Doha today, say Canadian civil society organizations.
Electrical workers persecuted by Mexican government.
“The Harper government is not speaking on behalf of most Canadians on this issue." - James Clancy, National President, NUPGE
"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.
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.
Letters of protest sent shortly after Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper defends the progress Colombia made and promotes Canada-Colombia trade agreement.
A survey across 143 countries find Colombia and the Americas the deadliest region.
'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.
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.
"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
'There is a clear goal of eliminating independent trade unions in Mexico.... Let’s stand in support of all independent Mexican unions.'
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.
CAJAR lawyers, journalists, administrative staff and paralegals targeted with death threats and intimidation.
NUPGE wrote Prime Minister Stephen Harper last month urging Canada to support a commission of inquiry into war crimes and crimes against humanity.
NUPGE and its Component unions have contributed $50,000 so far as fallout from the disaster in Pakistan escalates.
'The record of horrific human rights abuses by the military government of Burma is lengthy.' - James Clancy.
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.
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.
Unions working together include dozens of labour organizations from Australia, Brazil, Germany, Indonesia, Mozambique, New Caledonia, Peru, Sweden, South Africa, Zambia, among others.
National Union of Public and General Employees supporting campaign activities that will target Canadian embassies and Prime Minister Harper.
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.
Canadian public sector unions along with the European Federation of Public Service Unions release study arguing that the deal is fundamentally flawed.
'Peace and stability cannot be brought to another country through war and occupation.' - NUPGE president James Clancy.
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.
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.
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.
National labour federations and major unions say deal will be 'catastropic for a country like Colombia.'
Thirty-nine trade union leaders were killed in 2007, and 41 in 2008, an average of one per week.
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.
'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
Designated by the United Nations General Assembly in 2002