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Teacher Newsmagazine Volume 16, Number 3, January/February 2004

International solidarity award honours Mexican teachers

CoDev’s International Solidarity Award went to the Mexican Section of the Tri-National Coalition to Defend Public Education (representing teachers from Mexico, Canada, and the U.S.) in recognition of their solidarity with the B.C. Teachers’ Federation. The Mexican teachers responded when the B.C. government denied teachers their right to collective bargaining, an action that the United Nations and the International Labour organization ruled a violation of international conventions. The Mexican teachers organized a demonstration at the Canadian Embassy in Mexico City and wrote a letter to the B.C. government in protest. Those acts of international support are an excellent illustration of how important solidarity is within international partnerships and how critical it is for the strengthening of civil society in our increasingly global economy.

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