July 30, 2010 The ‘Cuban Five’ are political prisoners being unjustly held in U.S. jails. The wives of the Cuban Five will visit Toronto on August 8 as part of an international campaign to win their release after years of imprisonment.
July 27, 2010 OPSEU has learned from Amnesty International that on July 21 a shot was fired through a window into the office of Justicia y Vida (Justice and Life) where Colombian Human Rights activist, Lilia Solana carries out her courageous work. Fortunately no-one was hurt. OPSEU members and staff visited this office in August 2009. more..
June 2, 2010 OPSEU supports NUPGE letter urging Prime Minister to take a stand against attack on Gaza freedom flotilla. more..
The situation in Honduras calls for our action!
September 29, 2009 Please take a few
minutes to voice your concern over human
rights abuses in Honduras. Honduran
President Manuel Zelaya was forced into
exile following a military coup in the
country on June 28. more...
Canadian Labour says sever ties with Honduras until democracy is restored
July 22, 2009 In a
letter to the Canadian government, CLC
President Ken Georgetti urged Prime Minister
Harper to sever all diplomatic and economic
ties with the unconstitutional government of
Honduras until democratically elected Manuel
Zelaya is reinstated to his rightful
position as President of that country.
OPSEU calls for an end to the humanitarian crisis in Sri Lanka
July 22, 2009 In a letter to Prime Minister Harper,
President Smokey Thomas calls on the Canadian government to urge the Sri
Lankan government to address the humanitarian crisis for approximately
300,000 Tamil civilians who remain locked in camps almost entirely off
limits to journalists, human rights investigators and political leaders
Making the Links between working people in
Canada and the Philippines
Come and hear two public sector
trade unionists from the Philippines speak about
human rights and the struggle against privatization
in their country. Join us at the Toronto Regional
Office – membership centre on May 15, 2009 .
Defending Human Rights...Opposing the Trade
May 7 - 7 pm. A talk by
journalist Garry Leech. OPSEU Membership Centre 31
Wellesley St. East
Coca-Cola products banned by OPSEU
July 28, 2008 At
Convention 2008, OPSEU banned Coca-Cola products
from union meetings and regional educationals.
The company has been implicated
in actions against trade unionists in Colombia.
Products banned include Dasani
and Nestle water, Fanta, Minute Maid, Nestea,
Odwalla, PowerAde and Sprite brands.
We are requesting that locals
contact their employers and request that
Coca-Cola products be kept out of the workplaces
and work meetings.
OPSEU is also joining its allies
in opposing a free trade agreement with Colombia
until that country sanctions Coca-Cola for its
violent anti-union activities.
More information at
www.killercoke.org or at 1-800-438-2653
International Trade Union
Confederation May Day Manifesto
April 29, 2008 On
May 1, millions of working people across
the world join together to celebrate the
achievements of more than a century of
Crisis in the
2008 Three leaders from
the labour and women’s
movements in the Philippines
are visiting Canada in
April. They are fighting for
workers rights, human
rights, and against
globalization. Two separate
events will be held April 9
and 13, in Toronto.
Protest to hold the Filipino government
February 26, 2008
Migrante Ontario will launch actions Feb. 29
as part of the internationally coordinated
mobilizations from church groups, people's
organizations and opposition forces in the
Philippines against the Arroyo regime.
CLC: Say "NO!" to free trade with Colombia
February 7, 2008
The Canadian Labour Congress says a free trade
deal with Colombia is not acceptable at this
time. A U.S. congressman agrees.
Tell Cambodian manufacturer to respect union
February 6, 2008 For over
six months, workers at the Kings Land Garment
Company in Cambodia have asked management to address
problems with their working conditions.
Farmers and labour march in Mexico
1, 2008 Rally organizers for the march from the
Angel of Independence to the Zocalo estimated that more
than 200,000 people took part to demand that the
Agricultural Chapter of NAFTA be renegotiated. Marchers
also demanded that the privatization of the energy
sector be halted, and that the new Social Security law
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Don't forget Burma: meeting planned
January 23, 2008 Activists
are holding a community forum to plan the spring
Crisis builds in Guatemala
January 16, 2008 Crime in
Guatemala has escalated with the murder rate nearing ten
times that of the United States.
Asian Solidarity Network Toronto to celebrate
International Human Rights Day
December 7, 2007
EVAPORATION: Asian Solidarity Network Toronto to
celebrate International Human Rights Day with Asian
Rights Forum more...
CLC calls for investigation and moratorium on
foreign worker program
November 29, 2007 The
Canadian Labour Congress has called for an investigation
after reported abuses of the Temporary Foreign Worker
Maquila Solidarity Network Action Alert
November 6, 2007 Tell Tommy Hilfiger,
Guess and Dickies: Stop the firings of Mexican jean workers;
support their right to a union of their choice more...
Urgent request for solidarity with Mexican workers
October 18, 2007 Act now: 50 more workers fired at
Vaqueros Navarra this week more...
Death threats target union activists in
October 5, 2007 Threats against trade unionists
working in the food and beverage industry in Colombia.
Action to support Burma
October 4, 2007 Demonstrations and other actions are
being held across Canada in support of democracy in Burma. Keep up-to-date
by visiting the web site of the Canadian Friends of Burma. Canadian
Action in Support of Peaceful Protests in Burma
Guatemalan banana workers’ union leader
October 4, 2007 In Guatemala, a key leader of the
banana workers’ union was murdered Sept. 23.
Filipino group thanks OPSEU
October 2, 2007 Organizers of Philippine Advocacy
Through Arts in Canada thank and update OPSEU members.