Socialist Action Canada / Ligue pour l’Action Socialiste is an organization of revolutionary socialists across the Canadian state, active in the labour movement, social justice, international solidarity, and feminist and environmental campaigns. Socialist Action Canada / Ligue pour l’Action Socialiste supporters work to build the NDP Socialist Caucus, support for indigenous peoples’ struggles, as well as anti-war, anti-poverty, and human rights movements. Socialist Action Canada / Ligue pour l’Action Socialiste strives to build a Revolutionary Workers’ International. To that end, and to foster international workers’ solidarity, Socialist Action Canada / Ligue pour l’Action Socialiste seeks to collaborate with revolutionary socialists and their organizations around the world.
Fifty-five thousand education support workers, members of CUPE Ontario School Boards Council of Unions, took mass strike action, labelled illegal, on Friday, November 4th after the Ontario Conservative government of Premier Doug Ford passed Bill 28.
We were 30 minutes away from a call for a general strike. 30 minutes. RankandFile leaked it, and militants with exec positions in large unions confirmed — at 10 a.m. on Monday, November the 7th, multiple large unions with the backing of the Ontario Federation of Labour and the Canadian Labour Congress were going to announce a general strike.
This is the story of how we got to that point.
Hosts Emily and Daniel recount that events that led this labour movement to precipice of historic mass job action — the OSBCU strike, Bill 28, and OPSEU solidarity wildcat actions. They are joined by Julius Arscott, a three-term OPSEU SEFPO Executive Board Member and 2021 candidate for President of the Canadian Labour Congress, who shares what happened behind the scenes and why a general strike is closer than in a very long time.
Socialist Action Joins Cross-Country Demonstrations in Solidarity with Wet’suwet’en Self-Determination.
On Saturday, November 5th, numerous Indigenous activists and land defenders, along with settler allies, took part in a nation wide demonstration in solidarity support for the people of Wet’suwet’en.
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Socialist Action Canada organizes rallies, demonstrations, film screenings, book launches, parties, concerts, conventions, sit-ins, education sessions, and political disruptions… We never stop.
The NDP Socialist Caucus (NDP-SC) was founded in 1998 at Toronto, Ontario by NDP activists who were concerned about the right-wing drift of the party leadership.
The fledgling Municipal Socialist Alliance exceeded most expectations by garnering 14,870 votes across Ontario, despite getting almost zero coverage in the commercial mass media, amid a very low voter turnout to boot (about 29 percent in Toronto).
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Socialist Action Canada organizes the Rebel Film Series, the best political film festival in Toronto. Each film is followed by a vivid discussion. Although the Fall 2020 series is canceled due to the pandemic, you can watch all of the 2019 discussions by scrolling down below.
Socialist Action webcasts feature activists and experts. They stimulate vivid debates on important political, social, and economic issues.
The Socialist Action 2022 International Education Conference was held on Saturday, June 4. It can be viewed below.
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The policy of the Socialist Caucus includes nationalization of the Irving Empire, under workers’ and Indigenous control. In practice, and by being true to our working class roots, we will change New Brunswick and the world for the better.
After the 7th MSA convention on Monday, Nov. 21, the MSA announced our shadow council on Wednesday, Nov. 23. A group of MSA candidates and supporters visited city hall for the beginning of a new term of Toronto city council. We intended to hold a press conference outside of Mayor John Tory’s office to announce the formation of the MSA shadow council and to observe the first session of city council.
On the domestic landscape, the biggest development in November 2022 was the two-day walkout by CUPE-Ontario education support workers. They defied a law that pre-emptively banned strike action. CUPE and allies, including OPSEU, forced the Thug Ford Conservative government to rescind Bill 28 and its use of the notwithstanding clause to violate the federal Charter of Rights. CUPE school workers still do not have a deal to enable them to rise above poverty wages. But everyone knows that Ontario was, as Socialist Action labour leader Julius Arscott put it, 30 minutes away from a general strike. The struggle continues!
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Opposition to the bully tactics of the Ontario Conservative government is growing. Premier Ford’s Bill 28, which not only bans a strike by 55,000 school support worker but imposes a wage settlement without arbitration or any further negotiation, is an outrage to millions, including most of the labour movement inside and outside Ontario.
On November 4, well over 10,000 people rallied at Queen’s Park, and marched repeatedly around the provincial legislature in defiance of the Draconian law. A wide range of unions and other working class organizations came to the defense of CUPE-Ontario and the right to strike. This included LiUNA, which had endorsed Ford and the Tories in the June 2, 2022 provincial election, UNIFOR, the largest private sector union which is outside the CLC, and a host of other labour bodies.
The democratic right to strike is at stake as confrontation escalates between 55,000 Ontario school support workers and the Conservative government of Doug Ford. Rallies, protests, and walk-outs are the order of the day as provincial Tories use bully tactics to perpetuate poverty wages.
Socialist Action Canada and the Workers’ Action Movement urge everyone to gather at Queen’s Park in front of the Ontario Legislature on Friday, November 4, at 11 a.m. to defend the right to strike.