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Unifor continues people’s trade town hall tour

May 28, 2018


Moncton—On Thursday, May 31, Unifor continues its cross country town hall tour to engage workers and their communities about setting a progressive trade agenda.

“Canada’s approach to trade has been flawed and now is the time to do things differently,” said Jerry Dias, Unifor National President. “There is an opening to talk about the failures of free trade and an opportunity to imagine a new approach - one that puts the needs of people first.”

Unifor launched a cross country dialogue with an event in Hamilton last month that was co-organized with Council of Canadians featuring prominent author Maude Barlow to ignite a public conversation about trade, and continued the campaign with a town hall in Saskatoon. The union is asking participants to imagine what a people’s trade agenda would look like in Canada and how it could inform the federal government’s approach to trade and economic development. These town halls will document the ideas, and experiences of residents, resulting in a summary report and set of recommendations to the federal government to guide future trade deals

Unifor is inviting all residents and the media to attend the People’s Trade town hall in Moncton. Pre-registration is encouraged:

WHAT: Town hall on progressive international trade

WHEN: Thursday, May 31 from 4– 6 p.m.

WHERE: Hotel Beauséjour, 750 Main St., Moncton, New Brunswick

“Trade matters to all workers and it matters in every community, especially in this region where so many jobs depend on forestry,” said Lana Payne, Atlantic Regional Director, noting that about two-thirds of Unifor members work in trade-related industries across Canada. “Now is the time to act and build a constructive political dialogue on trade that works for the people and not just corporations.”

For more information, please contact Unifor Communications Representative Daniel Tseghay at or 647-327-9378 (cell).