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MEDIA ADVISORY
EMBARGOED UNTIL FRIDAY, MARCH 29, 11AM (ATL)

Union members visit MP Lawrence MacAulay’s Office and refuse to leave until demands are met

On March 21, 1960, sixty-nine people were killed and 180 were wounded after police opened fire at a peaceful demonstration in Sharpeville, South Africa, against the apartheid “pass laws.” A few years later in 1966, March 21st was proclaimed the “International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination” by the General Assembly of the United Nations (UN).

Our hearts break today in learning of the horrifying murders in New Zealand.  On behalf of PSAC members in the Atlantic Region, I would like to extend our solidarity to Muslim communities everywhere, especially in Christchurch. 

But our rage also grows today and so does our determination to confront, call out, dismantle and disempower white supremacy.  Unions everywhere must be leaders in this urgent fight.  We encourage members to attend vigils in your communities and to offer support where you can. 

ST. JOHN’S, NL – The highly-anticipated 2019 Federal Budget will be announced on March 19, and union members will gather in St. John’s to watch it and discuss what it means for the labour movement.

As many of you may know, there is a possibility of a strike by roughly 4100 workers at 46 New Brunswick nursing homes. I am writing to ask that you support these workers in their fight for fair and respectful working conditions. 

On March 7, 90% of workers voted in favour of strike action, rejecting an offer from the New Brunswick government that would keep them overworked and underpaid.  On Sunday, the Government of New Brunswick obtained a court order suspending their right to strike for 10 days and undermining these workers’ labour rights. 

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