When people face financial instability, inadequate housing, poor working conditions, low wages, food insecurity, lack of education (the social determinants of health), it is difficult to maintain positive mental health. By organizing and advocating for good jobs, quality public services, fair labour rights and tax fairness, the National Union has created pressure on governments to improve the health of all Canadians.
"We're facing a reality where 62 people have more wealth than the rest of the world combined and one of the biggest ways these people get, and stay, rich is by avoiding paying taxes." — James Clancy, NUPGE National President
"When the government imposes wage freezes and austerity measures, who does that hurt the most? Women." — Deb Tungatt, OPSEU Region 2 Vice-President
"Income levels have a direct impact on the health of Canadians, and it's costing us dearly." — James Clancy, NUPGE National President
“When the richest 1% own over half the world’s wealth, it should end any debate about whether income inequality is a problem." — James Clancy, NUPGE National President
"This is the most important federal election we have faced in decades. The state of our economy, the financial well-being of Canadians and the future of our public services are all at stake. We need to elect a government that reflects our values and priorities." — James Clancy, NUPGE National President
Of the 34 OECD countries, Canada had the 7th-highest gender pay gap.
"It is unconscionable that corporate employers who are making massive profits refuse to provide fundamental working conditions to their employees." — James Clancy, NUPGE President
“The IMF makes it clear that inequality can hurt society by allowing the wealthy to manipulate the economic and political systems in their favour, and this is where government action is required." — James Clancy, NUPGE National President
Changes in Alberta's tax regime have actually increased taxes on lower-income Albertans, with the province's women hit hardest.