Canadian Labour Congress

Canadian Labour Congress

November 28, 2007 14:19 ET

Media Advisory: Labour Rally Plans Emergency Stop at US Consulate

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 28, 2007) - On Thursday, November 29, delegates to the Ontario Federation of Labour Convention will stage their annual march to Queen's Park to demand better for working people. This year, they will make an important stop along the way - at the United States Consulate to protest trade negotiations with the Colombian government.

The rally will take place when the protest march reaches the Consulate at 360 University Avenue (approximately 12:45 p.m.).

Marie Clarke Walker, Executive Vice-President of the Canadian Labour Congress and Wayne Samuelson, President of the Ontario Federation of Labour will call for an end to trade negotiations with a government responsible for what the United Nations calls "the worst humanitarian disaster" in the Western Hemisphere.

Colombia is the country where more union members and leaders are killed than in the rest of the world combined. Labour activists and leaders are hunted down and murdered because unions are considered to be subversive and organized workers make demands for better working conditions. During the administration of the current President, 560 union officers and members have been brutally and systematically murdered.

WHAT: Labour Rally Emergency Stop

WHERE: US Consulate in Toronto, 360 University Avenue

WHEN: 12:45 p.m. (approx.) on Thursday, November 29

WHY: To demand an end to trade talks with Colombia

The Canadian Labour Congress, the national voice of the labour movement, represents 3.2 million Canadian workers. The CLC brings together Canada's national and international unions along with the provincial and territorial federations of labour and 136 district labour councils. Web site:

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