'Canadians should respect and defend the right of every person to dignity and security.'
Ottawa (13 Nov. 2009) - The National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) is supporting dignity for all, a long-term campaign to end poverty in Canada.
dignity for all is a multi-year, multi-partner, non-partisan initiative to achieve a poverty free and more socially secure and cohesive Canada by 2020.
Among the groups that have already come forward to support the campaign is the Manitoba Government and General Employees' Union (MGEU/NUPGE), one of NUPGE's major components.
The conviction behind this campaign is that Canadians should respect and defend the right of every person to dignity and security.
"Everyone has a role to play ... governments at all levels, businesses of all sizes and types, community and other civil society organizations, and individuals," MGEU says.
"The federal government, with its particular policy making, legislative, taxation and redistributive powers, has an especially critical role. The dignity for all Campaign is therefore aimed primarily to achieve federal action."
The campaign has three goals:
- A comprehensive, integrated federal plan for poverty elimination.
- Federal legislation to eliminate poverty, promote social inclusion and strengthen social security.
- Sufficient federal revenue to invest in social security.
Besides its own members across the union, NUPGE is calling on other groups and the general public to visit the dignity for all website and get involved.
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
dignity for all website