Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) - Ontario

Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) - Ontario

May 13, 2014 11:22 ET

MEDIA ADVISORY: Wednesday night in Toronto: Ellen Clifford from Disabled People Against Cuts

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - May 13, 2014) - The Raise the Rates Campaign is excited to announce Ellen Clifford from Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC) U.K. will be speaking in Toronto on Wednesday evening, her final stop in a province-wide tour.

Who is DPAC: Disabled People Against Cuts is a British campaign 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 Toronto on Wednesday, May 14. She is concluding a province-wide tour that included Sudbury, Ottawa, Kingston and Kitchener. Clifford 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 Cuts (DPAC) U.K.
WHAT: Town Hall speaking tour
WHERE: St. Luke's Church (gym), 353 Sherbourne Street (Sherbourne & Carleton), Toronto
WHEN: Wednesday, May 14. Press conference at 5:30 p.m., Town hall at 6:00 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