"As we work together to fight crises around the world, Oxfam Canada is a strong ally here at home to counter the issues of centralized wealth, poverty, and the gender wage gap." — Elisabeth Ballermann, NUPGE Secretary-Treasurer
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.
"The Liberal government has an excellent opportunity as it negotiates a new Health Accord to put concrete measures in place to support people living with AIDS and HIV. This means more funding, more research, increased support systems, and access to more affordable drugs." — Elisabeth Ballermann, NUPGE Secretary-Treasurer
"In Canada, we've seen only a glimpse of the ruin that Hurricane Matthew has unleashed. We are thankful we can do our part to help rebuild." — Elisabeth Ballermann, NUPGE Secretary-Treasurer
Amnesty believes that the U.S. authorities should order Leonard Peltier’s release from prison on humanitarian grounds and in the interests of justice. — Statement from Amnesty International USA
Regrettably, these repressive measures seem to have become a common response by the Korean government against dissenting voices — Sharan Burrow, ITUC General Secretary
"On this International Day for the Elimination of Racism and Discrimination, we pledge to stand by our committments to the Syrian people who have traveled so far and long to get here, as well as to those in our communities who struggle for equality every day." — James Clancy, NUPGE National President
Organizations condemn murder and urge the U.S. Secretary of State to press the Honduran government to provide immediate, effective, and carefully consulted protection to Mexican environmentalist and journalist Gustavo Castro Soto and other witnesses in the case.
NUPGE is a participating union in Labour Gives and Giving Tuesday with contributions going to the Canadian Council for Refugees.
“It’s clear that the Harper Conservatives are not doing enough to address the global humanitarian crisis. They have failed terribly in matching the good will, generosity and eagerness of Canadians to help support the settlement of Syrian refugees in Canada.” — James Clancy, NUPGE National President
"These women are part-time employees and have been without a contract since 2011. They are asking for stable part-time hours." — Debbie Bovyer, PEIUPSE President