Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)

Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)

May 01, 2010 09:08 ET

CUPE: May Day in Haiti for Canadian Labour Leader

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 1, 2010) - CUPE National Secretary-Treasurer Claude Généreux, along with nine union leaders from America, will be on a solidarity visit to Haiti from April 30 to May 6. Organized by Public Services International (PSI), the delegation will celebrate International Workers' Day on May 1st in Port-au-Prince. Other activities include visits to areas affected by the recent earthquake, distribution of aid packages and the set up of a more secure and safe union office.

An 18-month work plan will be developed together with PSI's Haitian affiliate the Confédération des Travailleurs et Travailleuses des Secteurs Public et Privé (CTSP) / Confederation of Public and Private Sector Workers. Goals include helping the children and relatives of earthquake victims, strengthening CTSP, promoting quality public services and decent jobs, and monitoring the implementation of the Haiti Action Plan.

"Unionists from Haiti and all over the world want to ensure the country is not rebuilt on a failed model. Haitians deserve quality public services and infrastructure," said Claude Généreux.

"Unfortunately, decisions regarding the use of aid money and the priorities for reconstruction are being taken out of the hands of the Haitian people. We think Haitians know best and should preside over their own construction. The PSI delegation is here to help build Haitian capacity to do just that."

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