CUPE Communications caught up with the leader of our United Kingdom sister union on the sidelines of convention. Margaret McKee is president of UNISON, the UK’s largest public services union with more than 1.3 million members. In a wide-ranging interview, she describes how austerity has hurt the UK’s public sector workers as it has here in Canada.
CUPE and its communications sector provincial council (CPSC) are asking to have the terms of the agreement negotiated by Minister Mélanie Joly with Netflix made public.
CUPE is one of the founding members of the Coalition pour la culture et les médias, which made the same request on Monday at a press conference in Montréal.
“It’s unacceptable for the Canadian government to be negotiating a mutual agreement behind closed doors that favours a multinational Internet corporation over its Québec and Canada-based competitors,” stated CUPE-Québec president Denis Bolduc.
Stephen Lewis, former Ontario NDP leader and former UN Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa, had CUPE delegates on their feet Monday afternoon with an address that focused on the growing tuberculosis crisis in Nunavut.
The special guest speaker—a surprise addition to the convention agenda—was given a warm, family welcome.
This week, delegates will debate and vote on CUPE’s roadmap for the next two years. Strategic Directions sets our union’s broad priorities and, together with convention resolutions on specific issues, establishes a workplan for our union.
A BC Supreme Court ruling to reject the BC Nurses’ request for a judicial review of earlier decisions dismissing their applications to raid other unions is an important victory for the labour movement, says the Canadian Union of Public Employees, B.C. Division.