Media Advisory - Unifor to hold rally in solidarity with Mexican workers

09/21/17 07:56 PM EDT

Media Advisory - Unifor to hold rally in solidarity with Mexican workers

Canada NewsWire

OTTAWA, Sept. 21, 2017 /CNW/ - Unifor will hold a rally to demonstrate solidarity with Mexican workers, their families and their communities, as the union renews its demand for a renegotiated NAFTA that works for all workers.

"Unifor stands with the people of Mexico who are suffering after this devastating earthquake," said Unifor National President Jerry Dias. "We want to show our support, through this tragic time and in the effort to help them build a more prosperous future. When the North American Free Trade Agreement was signed, we were told that it would lift up wages and bring Mexican workers out of poverty and that hasn't happened." 

Unifor has joined with labour unions from the United States and Mexico to call for improved working conditions and increased wages for Mexican workers.  As NAFTA renegotiations are set to begin in Ottawa, union members from all three countries had planned to rally together at the Mexican Embassy, due to the earthquake labour representatives from Mexico are no longer able to attend in person but the message of international solidarity will be carried forth.  Members of the public are invited to join the rally.

• What:   

Unifor NAFTA Solidarity Rally

• Where: 

Embassy of Mexico, 45 O'Connor Street, Ottawa

• When:   

Friday, September 22, 4:30 p.m. 

• Who:     

Jerry Dias, Unifor National President

Peter Knowlton, President, United Electrical, Radio & Machine Workers of America         

Dan Borthwick, President, Unifor Local 88 (currently on strike against GM)


Jerry Dias will be available for interviews earlier in the day on Friday.                                                      

Unifor is Canada's largest union in the private sector, representing more than 315,000 workers in every major area of the economy. The union advocates for all working people and their rights, fights for equality and social justice in Canada and abroad, and strives to create progressive change for a better future.


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