Unions and Occupy Movement must foster community links, Council delegates told

December 2, 2011, 4:15 PM EST


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Occupy Toronto activist Lana Goldberg said the Occupy movement wants to build links with labour and with community groups to further the struggle for a fair and equitable society.

"We want to work together and to broaden our base," Goldberg told delegates. She stressed that although many Occupy camps are now dissembled the Occupy movement is still going strong and is alive and well.

She said Occupy was built on principles of direct democracy, inclusiveness, and equality that allowed many people to become involved in creating a more equitable society for the first time.

CAW Council delegates unanimously endorsed a recommendation to continue working with Occupy groups in their respective communities and to defend the interests of the 99 per cent."

CAW Council President Tim Carrie said the Occupy Movement's battles against inequality and injustice are also the union's battles.

"The Occupy Movement is not a protest. It's a process. It's not going to die, and we're going to be a part of it," Carrie told delegates.

CAW Local 4003 (Via Rail Toronto) Chairperson Andrew Stephen encouraged delegates to build on the support that Occupy has so far received and to continue the conversation that's started.

"We need to build the collective strength of the 99 per cent."  

The Occupy movement supports universal health care, the need for a Robin Hood tax on financial transactions, as well as financial and social equality among many other issues.

Goldberg, a York University masters student who put aside her studies to take part in Occupy, thanked the CAW and the entire labour movement for its support of Occupy and its fight for the 99 per cent.

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