NUPGE Annual Report: 2020 in Review is a look back on what NUPGE accomplished in 2020.
The National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) is committed to a global labour movement and to building alliances with social movements and rights defenders in the fight for global justice. We believe we have a responsibility to speak out against injustices, support those who are impacted, and stand in solidarity with struggles for change — not just in Canada, but around the world.
NUPGE has been active in international solidarity efforts such as those with labour activists in Colombia, the Rohingya, the struggle for human rights and democracy in the Philippines, and the Kurdish people’s right to self-determination.
"NUPGE joins the many voices in Canada and around the world condemning the violence against peaceful protestors and expressing solidarity with the farmers, workers, and other activists who are standing up for their rights, their livelihoods, and for future generations." — Larry Brown, NUPGE President
Education International has started a campaign via LabourStart. Individuals can add their voices to those condemning the death threats and the broader trend of violence, intimidation, and repression.
"The appeal signals a willingness to ignore the horrors that refugees face in the U.S. Furthermore, it is an affront to those individuals who bravely shared their stories during the court case. It is especially disappointing from a government that has committed to welcoming newcomers." — Larry Brown, NUPGE President
The petition seeks to ensure that Canadian companies abroad are held accountable for their role in human rights violations and that the Canadian government is held accountable for its political and financial support to both Canadian companies in the Philippines and the Duterte government.
“This signals a blatant attack on the union and, in turn, the workers’ collective bargaining rights" — Larry Brown, NUPGE President
"On behalf of NUPGE members across the country, I add my voice to those condemning the arbitrary detention of Cihan Erdal and demanding his immediate release. I implore you to take urgent action to secure Erdal's immediate release and safe return to Canada." — Larry Brown, NUPGE President
This demand recognizes that if we are going to avoid a repeat of the pandemic and respond to the other challenges facing our planet, “going back to normal” isn’t good enough.
Recovery from COVID-19 calls for a rethinking of the ways in which our communities and our economy are organized. Prime Minister Trudeau: Full Immigration Status for All is just, fair, necessary and urgent. The time is now.
“I commend the Canadian government for taking leadership on this issue. We all have a responsibility to take action to stop the Rohingya genocide, and Canada is uniquely positioned to intervene and to support grassroots struggles.” ― Larry Brown, NUPGE President
Individuals from around the world can add their voices to condemning the violence and supporting the Belarusian workers exercising their rights by sending a message to Belarusian government officials via the LabourStart campaign.
Alvarez was an educator and a rights defender. She was a member of the Alliance of Concerned Teachers-Philippines (ACT) and a prominent activist with the Negros Island Health Integrated Program and Karapatan, a human rights coalition.
NUPGE hopes that its contribution to the Lebanon Humanitarian Needs Appeal will aid in the urgent response to this tragedy in Beirut, as well as contribute to the long-term recovery.
"I commend the tireless efforts and dedication of the organizations, advocates, and legal teams who led this fight. Although the work is far from finished, may this win invigorate our struggles for refugee rights and justice.” — Larry Brown, NUPGE President
“Canada must honour its commitments to human rights for all and take immediate steps to intervene in this situation.” — Larry Brown, NUPGE President
“Repression and violence against workers and their unions must end.” — Larry Brown, NUPGE President
May Day has long been a day to rally and march for a better world. This May Day we cannot march but we can rally ourselves around that better world and commit ourselves to action. We must ensure that the lessons of today lead to change tomorrow.
"The current pandemic might have been unpredictable. But strong public health systems rooted in a global economic order which prioritises solidarity and the wellbeing of people and the planet over the profits of a few would have made it much more manageable. The unfolding public health, social and economic crisis is a clarion call of history for drastic change. It is now clear that we cannot rely on the market to protect our health." — Baba Aye, PSI Health & Social Services Officer
“We are humbled by their bravery and grateful for their sacrifices.” — Larry Brown, NUPGE President