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December 3, 1997


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APEC
APEC
dated December 3, 1997

APEC
The Human Rights Issue was not forgotten when the leaders of the Pacific Rim countries gathered in Vancouver recently, thanks to the efforts of the People's Summit on APEC.
Seven hundred and fifty people from 25 countries attended the Summit, held within blocks of the APEC conference.
The CAW and the Canadian Labor Congress were among the leaders of the People's Summit.

Peggy Nash
Assistant to CAW National President

"We are involved in the people's summit because we believe strongly that what happens to workers and people in other countries around the world ultimately affects workers and others here in Canada."





Nash went on to explain that countries such as Indonesia, which violate workers rights have an unfair advantage when they sell in the Canadian market. This in turn endangers Canadians rights.

Peggy Nash
Assistant to CAW National President
"The thing that people can learn from the APEC alternate summit is that what happens in other countries around the world certainly affects what happens to us here at home in Canada. That the lack of workers democratic unions in other countries can ultimately have an impact on our ability to make progress here at home, and that human rights here can be fragile if human rights are not respected in other countries around the world."

The People's Summit revealed the atrocities that are occurring in the Asia Pacific Region. The delegates demanded that governments include human rights and workers rights in any economic deal.






Bob White
CLC President

"This has been an incredible success here. Not that we have changed a lot I don't think in terms of leaders minds that we certainly have put the issue front and center, its being debated across the country now, news is going back to several of these places."





While the monetary crisis in Korea and Japan overtook the APEC agenda, the People's Summit message of tying democratic rights and freedoms to trade also received national and global coverage.


CAW "Fighting Back Makes a Difference."


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