Support for Families Affected by New Zealand Mining Disaster

December 8, 2010, 11:00 AM EST

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CAW Council delegates unanimously agree to donate $10,000 to a trust fund established to help families affected by the recent Pike River coal mine disaster in New Zealand.

An explosion that occurred in the coal mine on November 29 and a series of other explosions in the following days led to the death of 29 miners, including many members of the Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union (EPMU).

Following CAW Council CAW President Ken Lewenza sent a letter of solidarity, support and condolence to the EPMU Pike River Families Support Trust.

"Know that we are making this donation in full solidarity with your union's continuing efforts to improve working conditions and safety standards in mines and every other workplace in New Zealand," Lewenza said. "Know also that our union is fighting the same battle, with more determination than ever, to protect the health and safety of our members and all working people in Canada. Our struggle is your struggle."

"Thank you for your efforts to protect workers, and once again we express our deepest condolences to the families of the miners who died so bravely," Lewenza said.

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