NUPGE supports striking UK UNISON workers

“Your struggle is our struggle. The public service workers of Canada stand with you in solidarity and friendship.” — Bert Blundon, NUPGE President

Ottawa (16 Jan. 2023) — The National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) has sent a letter of support and solidarity to striking workers in Britain, where the new year opened with health care and care workers back at the barricades. In Britain, 2022 ended with the beginning of a historic strike wave. Today, ambulance workers are back on the picket line. They are members of UNISON, an affiliate of Public Services International (PSI). 

NUPGE supports UNISON in its fight for fairness

In a letter to Andrea Egan, who is the President of UNISON, Bert Blundon, NUPGE President, expressed the unconditional solidarity and support of the National Executive Board and NUPGE’s 425,000 members.

Blundon said, “Workers in Britain, as in several parts of the world, have been pushed to the wall. The rising cost of living has made managing a household unbearable for many workers.”

He added that, for decades, particularly since the global financial crisis, real wages have declined or remained stagnant. “Since the pandemic, the situation workers face has gone from very bad to worse.”

“Our members have a right to decent work, and this includes fair pay,” Blundon wrote. “But governments and employers have been increasingly stubborn and intransigent in their obsession with reckless policies of austerity and cuts to public services.”

"Your struggle is our struggle. The public service workers of Canada stand with you in solidarity and friendship."


NUPGE

The National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) is one of Canada's largest labour organizations with over 425,000 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.

While our Components are located from coast to coast, the office of the National Union of Public and General Employees is situated on the traditional unceded territory of the Algonquin Anishinaabeg people and is now home to many diverse First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities.

We recognize and acknowledge the crimes that have been committed and the harm that has been done.

And, we dedicate ourselves, as a union, to moving forward in partnership with Indigenous Peoples in a spirit of reconciliation and striving for justice. — NUPGE