International convention guest Avigail Pérez Llanes comes from the Havana local of SNTAP, a public sector union in Cuba representing more than 250,000 workers across the small island country. Given shifting U.S. relations and the unstable Cuban economy, it’s now more important than ever to keep the bonds of solidarity strong between his organization and ours, he told CUPE Communications at convention.
CUPE Local 338 members who work as jail guards at the Kelowna RCMP Detachment have voted 100 per cent in favour of strike action after negotiations broke down with the Commissionaires and the City of Kelowna.
The 17 members who provide correctional services and supervise offenders originally voted in favour of strike action this past May. However, they chose not to take any action at that time and focused on resolving negotiations through mediation which included discussions with the City.
CUPE Communications caught up with the leader of our United Kingdom sister union on the sidelines of convention. Margaret McKee is president of UNISON, the UK’s largest public services union with more than 1.3 million members. In a wide-ranging interview, she describes how austerity has hurt the UK’s public sector workers as it has here in Canada.
“If our members’ job takes even one day away from their ability to live life to its fullest, we are not doing our job of keeping our workplaces safe,” Winters said, stressing the importance of health and safety committees in building strong locals.