Occupy Vancouver

When the Occupy Wall Street movement occupies Vancouver,  Members of the B.C. Federation of Labour will gather in solidarity.

The movement will congregate at the Vancouver Art Gallery at noon on Saturday, October 15 in an attempt to call for good jobs, fair taxes and strong public services.


Jim Sinclair, the President of the BC Federation of Labour says well paying jobs, fair taxation and strong public services are ideologies that Canada was built on.

"For 20 years across Canada, real wages have stagnated, the richest Canadians have avoided billions in taxes, and successive governments have weakened public services.   This has created a gap between rich and poor not seen in generations, and the gap is widening."

Sinclair says the Occupy Wall Street movement expresses an underlying desire for fairness, equality and opportunity in the economy and our society.

"The BC Federation of Labour stands in solidarity with that desire, and calls on the governments of British Columbia and Canada to act swiftly and decisively to narrow the gap.”

The BC Federation of Labour also announced that Saturday's event will be a peaceful occupation in Vancouver to show support for important issues.

Sinclair said that hundreds of similar events were being held across North America, in solidarity with the Occupy Wall Street movement and that members of the labour movement would be participating in events in communities throughout B.C. and Canada.

"This day is an opportunity for people around North America to clearly and peacefully express their desire for fairness and equality in our society and our economy.”

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