Students support of Uof G workersâ€™ decision to strike
Tuesday, October 18, 200511 Comments
"Our members are united and ready to fight benefit cutbacks and defend our pensions," said Janice Folk-Dawson, President of CUPE 1334. "If management had listened to any of our concerns, we would not be on the brink of a strike, fighting to have a voice to ensure our pension funds are being managed properly.”
Folk-Dawson also stressed that she hopes their concerns will be resolved in mediation. “A strike would hurt the students and disrupt their education. Hopefully, we will not have to take that route."
When asked to comment, Scott Gilbert, External Affairs Commissioner at the Central Student Association (CSA) stated that “[t]he CSA has always had a good relationship with CUPE and we will uphold that by supporting them in the event of a strike. This university would not function if workers didn't do their jobs and this is why the CSA is prepared to support campus labour groups when they need it.”
Gilbert also commented that students and workers share many common interests and struggles such as issues pertaining to quality of education, accessibility, and working, living and learning conditions on campus.
“Given the close link between labour and student issues on campus, every effort should be taken to support workers concerns as they pertain to this university,” said Gilbert. “We recognize that we must support students during any labour disruption and we will do everything in our power to ensure that students do not suffer academically, while educating them about issues facing workers on our campus.”
Scroll down to comment