Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)

Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)

May 01, 2012 15:20 ET

CUPE Newfoundland and Labrador lends support to striking Quebec students

GANDER, NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR--(Marketwire - May 1, 2012) - Delegates to the CUPE Newfoundland and Labrador convention have given their support to the Quebec student movement that is fighting dramatic tuition fee increases.

CUPE NL President Wayne Lucas says, "These students are taking on an issue that is critical to their futures. Tuition fees create a barrier to students - especially those from lower and middle income backgrounds.

"Up until now, Quebec has been a beacon for the rest of the country by having the most affordable post-secondary education in the country. These students are fighting to protect that," says Lucas.

The convention unanimously supported a resolution submitted by CUPE Local 4554, the Memorial University of Newfoundland Students' Union.

The resolution stated in part:

"In an unprecedented show of solidarity and unity, hundreds of thousands of Quebec post-secondary students have voted to go on strike against the Quebec provincial government to oppose the tuition fee increases.

Government and university administrators have sought court injunctions to try to end the strike, and during the past several days, government crackdowns on the student strike have become extremely violent and repressive."

Contact Information

  • Wayne Lucas
    President, CUPE NL
    (709) 727-2509 (m)

    John McCracken
    CUPE Communications Rep.
    (902) 880-8057 (m)