Media Advisory - Public Service Alliance of Canada to hold 15th National Triennial Convention



    VANCOUVER, April 21 /CNW Telbec/ - More than 1,000 workers will gather at
the Convention & Exhibition Centre from April 26 to May 1, 2009, as the Public
Service Alliance of Canada holds its 15th National Triennial Convention. The
166,000-member union is one of the largest in Canada, primarily representing
federal public sector workers.
    The theme for the convention is, Lead the Way for Quality Public
Services. Delegates will be encouraged to take leadership to promote quality
public services, recognizing that the work performed by PSAC members
strengthens communities from coast-to-coast-to-coast.
    "Quality public services foster peace, human rights and democracy," says
John Gordon, PSAC's National President. "We are living in a world where
freedom and human rights are being eroded, and social inequalities are
sustaining poverty. Taking leadership for quality public services is about
taking action, particularly by promoting human rights, equality and social
justice in Canada and internationally. By leading the way for quality public
services and social justice, we will build a better world!"
    Convention delegates will elect two PSAC National Officers to serve a
three-year term for the positions of National President and National Executive
Vice-President. The election will take place on Thursday, April 30.
    Highlights of the convention include:

    
    - A panel discussion on Sunday, April 26, featuring international social
      justice and union activists, including:

       - Mathapelo Mphuthi from the Communication Workers Union of South
         Africa;
       - Chennaiah Poguri from the Federation of Agricultural Workers,
         Farmers, Fisher Folk and Forest Workers Unions in India; and
       - Jacaranda Fernandez Mejia, former head of the hospital workers'
         union in Masaya and acting municipal coordinator for the National
         Labour Front of Nicaragua.

    - Keynote addresses by internationally acclaimed lawyer and human rights
      advocate Louise Arbour (Tuesday, April 28) and genocide prevention and
      African issues expert Dr. Gerald Caplan (Wednesday, April 29).

    - A demonstration in support of the International Day of Mourning for
      Workers Killed or Injured on the Job on April 28, organized by the BC
      Federation of Labour.
    

    A media room will be set up at all times during the convention and will
be equipped with a television monitor with live coverage from the convention
floor. Media badges and kits will be available upon registration in the media
room. PSAC staff members will be on hand to provide assistance.

    The full agenda for PSAC's 15th National Triennial Convention is
available online: http://www.psac.com/convention2009/home-e.asp




For further information:

For further information: Ariel Troster, PSAC Communications, (613)
292-8363 (cell)


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