CUPE supports Burmese protests



    OTTAWA, Sept. 27 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian Union of Public Employees
joins millions of workers around the world in condemning the military regime
in Burma (also known as Myanmar) for clamping down on the peaceful and
legitimate protests taking place in Rangoon and many other cities throughout
that country during the last several days.
    The protests lead by Buddhist monks and nuns, are speaking out against a
brutal military regime that has wiped out thousands of villages, imposed
forced labour on many workers and created countless refugees.
    For decades this military regime has fought off pressure from democracy
activists and has kept elected democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi under almost
constant house arrest for twelve of the last eighteen years.
    The military regime is now being challenged from within and CUPE joins
others in the global solidarity movement in supporting the mounting protests.
    CUPE members were among the Canadian delegation of members to the Public
Services International (PSI) meeting, being held in Vienna, Austria who voted
overwhelmingly in favour of condemning the actions of the Burmese
dictatorship. The international labour community is calling for respect and
the establishment of human rights and the right of the Burmese people to a
democracy.
    PSI represents 20 million public sector workers from more than 150
countries.
    Paul Moist, CUPE national president expressed hope that pressure from the
world community will finally have a positive influence on Burma's current
leaders.
    "The power of people in the streets is well-known to the democratic
labour movement. We stand in support of the monks and nuns of Burma and
encourage our members to join others to do so-across Canada and around the
world-tomorrow and as long as it takes to bring peace, democracy and the
freedom to organize to a country long in search of it."

    
    Link  Canadian Friends of Burma www.cfob.org

    Demonstrations across Canada in support of peaceful protests in Burma

    Demonstrations in major cities of Canada are taking place in support of
peaceful demonstrations in Burma.

    Please see details below:

    Location:      Robson Square, Vancouver Downtown, Vancouver
    Date:          Sept. 28, 2007 (Friday)
    Time:          5:00 P.M.
    Organization:  Vancouver Burma Roundtable and local groups
    Contact:       Naw Seng at 778-998-0966, San Aung at 778-888-1918 and
                   Htay Aung at 604-941-5385

    Location:      Olympic Plaza, Calgary City Hall, Calgary
    Date:          Sept. 29, 2007 (Saturday)
    Time:          2:00 p.m.
    Organization:  Mon Canadian Society, in coordinating with 88 Burmese
                   student generation
    Contact:       Cham Toik at 403-248-2027, Sai Mon at 403-615-8140, and
                   Ong Chem Tala at 403-973-7499

    Location:      Kimberley Post Office, East Kootenay, BC
    Date:          Sept. 27 & 28, 2007 (Thursday and Friday)
    Time:          7 p.m.
    Organization:  East Kootenay Friends of Burma
    Contact:       Shauna Jimenez at (250) 422-3259

    Canadian Friends of Burma
    145 Spruce St. Suite #206
    Ottawa, Ontario K1R 6P1
    Tel: 613-237-8056
    Mobile: 613-297-6835
    Fax: 613-563-0017
    Email: cfob@cfob.org
    Website: www.cfob.org
    




For further information:

For further information: Paul Moist, CUPE National President, (613)
558-2873 (cell); Louise Leclair, CUPE National Communications Director, (613)
314-7199

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