Category Archives: Labour

TTC electrical workers call for FREE PUBLIC TRANSIT and a campaign of mass strikes and protests to BRING DOWN DOUG FORD

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We of Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 2 are committed to free public transit in the city of Toronto and beyond. No one should have to pay for transit.

The  fact  is that right now Doug Ford and his Tories are sabotaging our city and our province. They’re no government of the people. They are a bosses’ government, and they’re attacking workers and poor people in every way—on the job, in education, in health care… the list goes on. Ford also has an axe out for public transit. His “upload” of the TTC is a step toward privatization, undermining the public for the profits of a few.

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Latest Deals in the Building Trades Deepen Wage Slavery

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Many Ontario construction workers, including those belonging to unions, are being dehumanized in the workplace through an array of repressive techniques.

– Surveillance via on-site cameras.

– Pressure to do precarious work, alone.

– Pressure to complete tasks in unrealistic time frames.

– Being shifted or laid off with little or no notice.

– The hiring of foremen who are under-skilled and scared of management.

– An increase in questionable hiring and firing practices by the bosses.

– Coercion and intimidation are used to get employees to forego their rights to proper pay and safety practices.

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Fight the Education Cuts in Peel

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Mississauga Socialist Action

presents a public forum on

Fight the Education Cuts in Peel

Speakers:  Karen Ebanks, secondary school teacher, member of OECTA.

Daniel Tarade, U of Toronto PhD candidate in Science and member of Socialist Action.

Sabia Khan, community organizer, York U PhD student studying history of Ontario public schools.

Entertainment will feature:  Spoken word artist Socialist Hip Hop – Mohammad Ali.  (He will also speak on the panel as a community college student currently organizing against the cuts.)

Saturday, Sept. 7   6 p.m.

at Celebration Square, 300 City Centre Drive, in downtown Mississauga, about 40 minutes west of Toronto.

Everyone is welcome.  Admission is free, donations appreciated.  For more information call:  647-986-1917     Visit:  www.socialistaction.ca

New Brunswick seeks to block right to strike, again

Proud-nursing-home-workersNew Brunswick nursing home workers are waiting to see whether their right to strike will be upheld after an appeal filed by the province’s Attorney General was made to the New Brunswick Court of Appeal on July 24.

The province is appealing a decision by Chief Justice Tracey Deware who ruled in favour of an earlier labour board decision that deemed most of the workers non-essential, giving them the right to strike. The Chief Justice gave the province until January 2020 to amend the law to ensure it complied with the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

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NUPGE – Costly and Ineffective

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by Julius Arscott

The triennial National Union of Public and General Employees’ Union (NUPGE) convention, held June 20 – 23, drew 350 delegates to Winnipeg, Manitoba.  Many of them witnessed the unveiling of the Winnipeg General Strike memorial, situated across from City Hall, to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the historic strike when workers took control of their city, and laid the basis for the expansion of the labour movement – which today is threatened by aggressive employer and state actions.  NUPGE is a federal umbrella of provincial unions.  To affiliate to the Canadian Labour Congress and its over three million members, unions like OPSEU across the country (except for Quebec and the Territories) must join NUPGE.

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