TORONTO, Nov. 27, 2015 /CNW/ - Unifor National President Jerry Dias and a delegation of other leaders will be travelling to Paris to participate in the global gathering of labour and non-governmental organizations coinciding with the United Nations Conference on Climate Change ("COP21").
"We want to work closely with the governments who are genuinely committed to fighting climate change, and it's our job to confront those governments that are still sitting on the sidelines," said Dias.
The Unifor delegation led by Jerry Dias includes Ken Smith, President of Unifor Local 707A, representing Suncor workers in the Alberta Oilsands.
On December 3, Dias will be among the speakers at the "One Million Green Jobs" forum sponsored by the Canadian Labour Congress and the Climate Action Network at the Le Bourget conference centre in Paris. Several of Canada's premiers and environment ministers have confirmed their attendance at the Canadian forum.
Unifor's delegation will be part of 35 Canadian trade unionists coordinated by the Canadian Labour Congress and the International Trade Union Congress (ITUC).
Unifor is Canada's largest union in the private sector, representing more than 310,000 workers. It was formed Labour Day weekend 2013 when the Canadian Auto Workers and the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers unions merged.
For further information: In Canada--Unifor Communications Representative Ian Boyko at 778-903-6549 (cell) or Ian.Boyko@Unifor.org; In Paris--Unifor Director of Strategic Planning Fred Wilson at (613) 327-3044 (cell) or Fred.Wilson@Unifor.org