March 23, 2005 15:03 ET

Canada's hidden human rights deficit: Freedom of Association

Extensive new study documents serious erosion of human rights. Attention: Assignment Editor, Books Editor, Business/Financial Editor, News Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - March 23, 2005) - MEDIA ALERT FOR MARCH 24/05 > REVISED: PLEASE NOTE TIME CHANGE FROM 1:30 PM TO 12:30 PM

WHAT: The basic human right to freedom of association has been abused and eroded by Canadian governments at all levels over the past two decades, says an extensive new study by two of Canada's largest unions. Abuses are also rampant among private sector employers like Wal-Mart.

In releasing the study, the unions will announce a national campaign to restore the right to freedom of association. The campaign will include a national lobbying effort to persuade legislators that the time has come to change direction and make progressive labour law reform a top priority.

WHEN: Thursday, March 24, 2005
12:30 p.m. start

WHERE: 130-S, Centre Block
Parliament Buildings

WHO: James Clancy
National President
National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE)

Michael J. Fraser
National Director
United Food and Commercial Workers Canada (UFCW Canada)

Ken Georgetti
Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) /For further information: Bob Linton, UFCW Canada (416) 675-1104 Jeff Atkinson, CLC, (613) 521-3400 ext. 425/ IN: ECONOMY, JUSTICE, LABOUR, POLITICS, SOCIAL

Contact Information

  • Michael Luff (613) 228-9800, NUPGE
    Primary Phone: 613-228-9800
    E-mail: mluff@nupge.ca