Canadian Labour Congress

Canadian Labour Congress

August 09, 2006 08:00 ET

CLC/Media Advisory: New Report Reveals Leadership of Canada's Unions in the Fight Against AIDS

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Aug. 9, 2006) - Organizers of the first global Labour Forum on AIDS will release a new report, LABOUR FIGHTS AIDS, at a news conference in the Queen's Park press gallery this Friday, August 11, starting at 11:00 a.m.

Prepared by the Canadian Labour Congress with the support of Human Resource and Social Development Canada, the report demonstrates that unions are at the fore of the global fight against AIDS, and provides vivid examples of how that struggle takes form, with a particular focus on the role played by Canadian unions.

This is the first time that such an account has been published. It reveals, for instance, the role played by Canadian unions in: campaigning for an amendment to Canada's patent law to facilitate global access to AIDS medicines, protecting HIV-positive Canadian workers from unfair dismissals, and supporting prevention efforts in the developing world.

Addressing the news conference: Hassan Yussuff (Secretary-Treasurer, Canadian Labour Congress), Hon. Jean-Pierre Blackburn, M.P. (Canada's Minister of Labour), Dr. John Foster (North South Institute, one of the authors), and Marie-Helene Bonin (Forum organizer and Canadian Labour Congress representative on HIV/AIDS). Other co-authors, Jessie Wanyeki Forsyth (based in Mozambique) and David Garmaise (Canadian AIDS expert), will also be present and available for interviews.

The release of this report coincides with the Labour Forum on AIDS - the first ever global meeting of Labour activists working on HIV/AIDS, hosted August 11-13 by the Canadian Labour Congress in advance of the XVI International AIDS Conference, being held in Toronto.

Contact Information

  • Canadian Labour Congress
    Jeff Atkinson
    Communications Department (to organize interviews)
    (613) 863-1413 (cell)
    Canadian Labour Congress (Forum organizer)
    Marie-Helene Bonin
    (613) 526-3400 x 432 or (613) 864-7432 (cell)