KENORA, ON, July 23 /CNW Telbec/ - One thousand people came out to the
Kenora Rec Centre to hear rock band Trooper at a free concert tonight
presented by the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE). Called 'Rock for
Public Services', the event was the second in a series of rock concerts that
CUPE Ontario has planned in cities across the province to celebrate and bring
home the importance of public services.
"This is our way of thanking people in Kenora for their ongoing support
and dedication to preserving public services that are the bedrock of strong
communities," said CUPE Ontario Vice President Candace Rennick.
Speaking at the event, Rennick told the crowd, "You know, just like a
good rock band, CUPE is there for you from the moment you're born till the day
you die, delivering public services. CUPE workers are there when you have your
first-born at the hospital to when your parents go into a nursing home. It is
CUPE workers providing public services like hydro and water and snow plowing,
at your schools, libraries and community centres as well as the paramedics who
provide life-saving services."
According to CUPE Ontario, the provincial government and local
municipalities mistakenly believe that contracting out and privatizing
services is going to save them money. In the long term, privatization costs
taxpayers more and delivers less.
"When work is contracted out to the lowest bidder, this hurts your
community," said Rennick to a big round of applause. "People cannot afford to
live on $10 to $12 an hour. They cannot purchase goods and services from the
small business community. They can't afford to buy a home, put their kids into
baseball and hockey leagues or send them to university. This hits communities
Rennick added that residents need to stand up for quality public services
and not let politicians sell them off through privatization, contracting out
or relocation of these jobs and services. "Let's raise a little hell every
time politicians try to sell-off public services."
The Kenora concert was a huge success both for the community and for
CUPE's fight to preserve public services. "It was a great opportunity to
inform a lot of people about the value of quality public services," said
Rennick. In August, rock band April Wine will play Kingston, Ajax and Welland,
with further concerts scheduled for London and Ottawa.
For further information:
For further information: Candace Rennick, CUPE Ontario Vice President,
(705) 743-0600; Judy Bain, President, CUPE 1781, (807) 467-1990; Valerie
Dugale, CUPE Communications, (647) 225-3685