Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) - Ontario

Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) - Ontario

May 05, 2014 14:39 ET

Media Advisory; Provincial speaking tour to kick off in Sudbury: Ellen Clifford from Disabled People Against the Cuts

SUDBURY, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - May 5, 2014) - The Raise the Rates Campaign is excited to announce an Ontario-wide speaking tour will begin in Sudbury tomorrow, featuring Ellen Clifford from Disabled People Against the Cuts (DPAC) UK.

Who is DPAC: Disabled People Against the Cuts is a British organization at the forefront of challenging the Cameron government's brutal cuts to programs for unemployed and disabled people. The British government's changes include a system called the Work Capability Assessment, which has been used to deny benefits to thousands of people. DPAC has mobilized disabled people in the United Kingdom to fight back and has formed alliances with community organizations and unions to resist the culture of austerity that is behind the changes. Atos, the company carrying out assessments of sick and disabled people for the government was forced to quit because of resistance from DPAC and their allies.

Ellen Clifford from DPAC's National Steering Committee will be in Sudbury tomorrow, May 6, to begin a province-wide speaking tour that includes Toronto, Kitchener, Kingston and Ottawa. She is also a member of Unite the Union and works to build solidarity between workers in unions and those forced to live on social benefits.

WHO: Ellen Clifford, Disabled People Against the Cuts (DPAC) U.K.
WHAT: Launch of province-wide speaking tour
WHERE: Kinsmen Room A, Parkside Older Adult Centre, 140 Durham Street, Sudbury
WHEN: Press conference at 6:30 p.m., Town hall at 7:00 p.m.

Raise the Rates is a campaign to fight poverty by raising social assistance rates in Ontario. Jointly organized by the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty (OCAP), the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Ontario, Sudbury Coalition Against Poverty (S-CAP), Kingston Coalition Against Poverty (K-CAP), Poverty Makes Us Sick Waterloo Region, Poverty Makes Us Sick Ottawa, OPSEU and other grassroots anti-poverty organizers and trade union allies from across Ontario. We are a growing movement united in fighting for:

  • Raise Social Assistance Rates 55%: reverse the cuts, raise the rates!
  • Restore Special Diet and Community Start-Up Benefits
  • Stop the Attack on Disability Benefits
  • Living wage for all: Raise the Minimum wage above poverty wages

Contact Information

  • Craig Saunders
    CUPE Communications

    Pierrette Desormeaux
    Sudbury Coalition Against Poverty