PRESS RELEASE: Workers Demand Better in the face of UCP threats

AFL shows support for PSAC workers, next provincial government will face similar issues

CALGARY – Today, approximately 500 workers marched on Calgary City Hall to demand better from the provincial government. Led by the Alberta Federation of Labour (AFL), workers called for relief on the cost of living, the protection of the Canada Pension Plan (CPP), and staff shortages in health care and public services.

“The Premier’s fringe agenda is a threat to Albertans’ jobs, health care and CPP. Workers are demanding better,” said AFL president Gil McGowan. “It’s time for the conversations around this election to focus on their future.”

Workers marched from the Calgary TELUS Convention Center (CTCC) to the Calgary City Hall. Demonstrators called for improved wages in the face of inflation, retirement security, and protecting public health care for all Albertans.

The rally concluded with the workers joining Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) members at their picket at the Harry Hays Building. McGowan pointed to the PSAC strike as an example of workers standing up for themselves and their communities. In particular, their demand for fair wages in the face of inflation was an example of an issue the next provincial government would have to address.

“All Alberta workers are demanding better, just like the PSAC are,” said McGowan. “They deserve a Premier that improves wages to match inflation, their health and education, and protects their retirement. Danielle Smith isn’t it.”

The rally was held during the AFL’s biennial convention. The convention continues until Sunday with discussions and debate on issues such as workplace health and safety, workplace organizing, and political action.

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John Ashton
Director of Communications, AFL
Phone: (780) 913-6518