Media advisory - International labour activists to discuss how public services deliver peace, human rights and democracy

    VANCOUVER, April 24 /CNW Telbec/ - A group of international labour rights
activists will discuss how grassroots action has helped strengthen public
services in South Africa, India, the Philippines, Nicaragua - and downtown
Vancouver. The panel discussion is being presented by the Public Service
Alliance of Canada on April 26, as part of its 15th Triennial Convention at
the Vancouver Trade & Convention Centre.
    "Globalization and privatization around the globe have lowered labour
standards everywhere and placed unions on the defensive," said 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
worldwide. However, globalization has brought one positive thing in its wake.
Workers, social justice groups, women's organizations and community
associations have banded together to fight the corporate agenda, to protect
quality public services and to work toward a sustainable economy and a just
    PSAC represents 166,000 members, primarily in the public sector. The
panel discussion is being sponsored by the union's Social Justice Fund, which
works to foster links with labour and social justice activists around the

    WHAT:   Panel discussion on defending quality public services in a
            globalized world, featuring:

              - 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.
              - Jacaranda Fernandez Mejia, former head of the hospital
                workers' union in Masaya and acting municipal coordinator for
                the National Labour Front of Nicaragua.
              - Laura Stannard, a Vancouver-based anti-poverty activist who
                advocates for social housing programs, tenants' rights and
                protection of rental housing.
              - Daniel Kinsella, President of PSAC's National Component and a
                delegate to the labour solidarity mission to the Philippines
                in November 2008.
              - Gauri Sreenivasan (moderator), a senior policy analyst and
                coordinator for Global Economic Justice at the Canadian
                Council for International Cooperation.

    WHEN:   Sunday, April 26, 2009, 3:00 p.m.

    WHERE:  PSAC National Triennial Convention
            Vancouver Convention & Exhibit Centre, West Building

    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:

For further information:

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

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