Labour Leaders and Activists vow solidarity at CAW Convention
June 11, 2008
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"A strong united labour movement with a labour agenda, a social conscience is essential, And it too is worth fighting for. And I pledge to you, from the bottom of my heart, CUPE solidarity with CAW members in all corners of Canada because we need to work together to build the kind of Canada that we want. And to build the kind of Canada that the people of Canada deserve."
Moist said the Harper Conservative government is ignoring the manufacturing crisis and needs to be replaced.
"Harper's had a free ride. Liberals not showing up in the House. He is governing as if he has a majority. And I tell you that labour unity is always important, always has been. It has never been more important than in the election that we will face federally to take this monster and get rid of him."
Linda Silas, president of the Canadian Federation of Nurses said the fight for good universal healthcare and manufacturing jobs in Canada are the same fight.
President Canadian Federation of Nurses
"We have to make sure that our population stays healthy and this is done by all of us joining your fight, because we will stay healthy if we have decent jobs and decent wages. And that is not shipping our jobs to Mexico or privatizing any of our systems."
Linda McQuaig best selling author and journalist told the convention that statistics show over 80 per cent of Canadians want social investment not tax cuts and it is time the Harper government did what the people want instead of catering to corporate greed.
Author and Journalist
"The notion of the public interest, society as a community, strong public programs, the government as a key player in the economy, all this still matters to Canadians. And what stands in the way is a small group of private interests, that have the backing of the Conservative government, and the backing of right wing think tanks, and the backing of the media and they are all telling us that there is nothing that can be done about the situation."
The president of the Canadian Labour Congress, Ken Georgetti told the delegates that Canadian workers are now poorer then they were 25 years ago when free trade came in. Georgetti said it was time to follow the CAW's lead and increase the fight back.
President Canadian Labour Congress
"We're going to have to start taking them on, not just at each individual plant but I think it is time for this labour movement to stand up and say, you want to see a shut down? We'll show you a shut down."
The Convention delegates later passed a resolution calling on the federal government to support the principles of the Auto Pact in their trade policies.
CAW "Fighting Back Makes a Difference."