International Solidarity

Our union takes an active role on international solidarity issues because BCGEU members are part of a global community.

We work with other groups on the global stage because:

• of the bonds of solidarity between workers around the world;

• we have a fundamental commitment to human rights; and

• our jobs and the delivery of important public services for British Columbians are impacted by developments in other countries.

BCGEU has an active International Solidarity Committee to raise awareness about issues and to broaden our contacts and relationships with other groups around the world.

We allocate $0.20 per member per month to our Diane Wood International Solidarity and Humanity Fund. The fund provides financial support for projects that partner us with unions, community groups and non-governmental organizations in different parts of the world.

Through our partnership with CoDevelopment Canada, we also support and promote the sale of Café Etico  fair trade organic coffee.

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RadioLabour is the international labour movement's radio service.

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Find out more--click here to download a Power Point presentation about BCGEU's international efforts.

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Members encouraged to support relief efforts in the Philippines

Super Typhoon Haiyan, one of the strongest storms ever recorded, made landfall in the Philippines on November 8 causing huge damage and loss of life. Read more »

Urgent action: Send a letter opposing death threats to our Colombian social justice partners

The BCGEU has supported the human rights and social justice work of NOMADESC in Colombia for many years. Once again, NOMADESC staff have received death threats because of the social justice work they do.  Read more »

International Solidarity Rally Apr 2 at Peace Arch Park - bus/rally info

We Are One International Solidarity Rally
Date: Saturday, April 2, 2:00 pm
Where: Peace Arch Provincial Park on the Canada-U.S. border
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B.C. Federation of Labour Solidarity Statement: Solidarity With Wisconsin Public Sector Employees

The affiliates of the B.C. Federation of Labour stand in solidarity with their brothers and sisters who are under attack by the newly-elected Republican government of Wisconsin. Read more »

Dispatch from Wisconsin: Protestors not giving up despite sneaky move by Senators in dark of night

This is the third in a series of BCGEU dispatches from Wisconsin, where the governor's union-busting is spurring a popular uprising.
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Dispatch from Wisconsin: “This is what democracy looks like!”

This is the second in a series of BCGEU dispatches from Wisconsin, where the governor's union-busting is spurring a popular uprising. In a full, frontal attack on public sector unions, the Republican state governor wants to strip collective bargaining rights from 175,000 Wisconsin public sector workers.

BCGEU's Holly Page is in Wisconsin to show our solidarity. Read more »

Dispatch from Wisconsin: "Wisconsin is the canary in the coal mine"

This is the first in a series of BCGEU dispatches from Wisconsin, where the governor's union-busting is spurring a popular uprising. Read more »

Labour rights under attack in the US

Last week, BCGEU President Darryl Walker stated he was appalled at the frontal attack on collective bargaining rights happening in Wisconsin right now. The State Governor, Scott Walker, wants to strip collective bargaining rights from 175,000 public sector workers. Read more »

December 18 is International Migrants Day

This is a statement from Public Services International to mark the twentieth anniversary of International Migrants Day on December 18. Read more »

Just Aid Rocks - Fundraising Event

Don’t miss an evening of great entertainment by Still Living at Home and Fabulous George and the Zodiacs!

The annual Coast Hotels Just Golf Tournament & Dinner Party is the principal fundraiser for Just Aid. This year’s tourney is on August 25 at the University Golf Club. Read more »