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What's New: Unite Against Austerity
| March 26, 2015
Unite Against Austerity is a campaign initiated by SmartChange.ca with the following goals: To make the austerity agenda the primary lens through which Canadians understand the country's political landscape and make political decisions; To support the expansion of alliances and strategic action in anti-austerity work in Canada.
What's New: Greece and the European Neoliberal Cage
by Dimitris Pavlopoulos and Yiorgos Vassalos | March 26, 2015
SYRIZA's victory in the Greek elections of 25 January raised a wave of hope across Europe. The dominance of the austerity-oriented conservative and social democratic parties was at last challenged by the victory of a leftist anti-austerity party, signalling a possible change of course in Europe.
Bullet #1095: The Public Value of Public Sector Strikes
by Jeff Noonan | March 25, 2015
The essence of an unjust society is to continually demand and take from those with the least the little that they have to support their lives and life-goals and add it to the money-value hoards of those who have the power to restructure public life to serve their limitless appetites. So we see a recurrent pattern of struggle across history: those with the least power are forced to fight the hardest just to maintain what little they have.
by Steve Caines | March 24, 2015
Has there ever been a more pressing time to find economic and political alternatives? The left has long opposed capitalism from the perspective of labour. But now with knowledge of climate change and the imminent threats it brings, the situation has never seemed so urgent. Whether one views the social consequences of a capitalist-framework economy as fundamentally positive or fundamentally negative, the real inconvenient truth is that capitalism cannot be made environmentally sustainable.
Bullet #1094: Toronto's Plan to Push Out the Homeless
by John Clarke | March 24, 2015
The Mayor's Office in Toronto is today occupied by a much slicker operation than it was during the years of dysfunctional, bigoted buffoonery that unfolded under Rob Ford. Mayor John Tory has resumed the drive toward a fully fledged neoliberal city but has the basic political skills to frame his twin agendas of austerity and upscale redevelopment in the language of inclusiveness. He has been sufficiently proficient at this to rapidly create what Michael Laxer has termed an 'austerity consensus' supported by the overwhelming majority of the Council, including its left wing.
What's New: Alternative Federal Budget 2015
| March 23, 2015
The Alternative Federal Budget 2015: Delivering the Good demonstrates that the federal government's continued obsession with austerity and balancing the budget comes at the cost of higher household debt, fewer services, and weakened job growth. The AFB, now in its 20th year, delivers a plan that would lift 893,000 Canadians out of poverty, reduce income inequality, boost economic growth, reduce carbon emissions, and create or sustain 300,000 jobs a year, bringing Canada’s employment rate back to its pre-recession level.
Bullet #1093: Wynne Gives Big Retail the Gift of Beer
by Gavin Fridell | March 23, 2015
The heads of big retail might be walking with a spring in their step this week due to a potentially generous gift from Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne. After months of wrangling over what to do with The Beer Store (TBS) semi-monopoly, granted by the Ontario government to some of the world's largest beer companies, Wynne has decided to open things up - to a select group of giant retail chains.
| March 22, 2015
Une manifestation pour dénoncer les mesures «d'austérité» du gouvernement Couillard a attiré quelques milliers de personnes - qui ont fait fi des mauvaises conditions climatiques - au parc Émilie-Gamelin, au centre-ville de Montréal, samedi.
The Syriza strategy has come to an end March 18, 2015
Where do Canada's post-secondary dollars go? March 18, 2015
Canadian students crushed by debt March 18, 2015
The Four Forces of China's Politics of Smog March 18, 2015
Fascism is a stage of capitalism March 18, 2015
#UNBCstrike: A fight for fair pay March 18, 2015
Canada's Indian Policy is a Process of Deception March 18, 2015
UofT shows indifference to quality education March 18, 2015
Thousands to protest in Frankfurt against ECB 'austerity' March 18, 2015
Doing Higher Ed Right March 18, 2015
No GRexit but default within the Ezone March 17, 2015In The News archive:
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|Phyllis Clarke memorial lecture: Lifting Up Low-Wage Work: Global Perspectives|
Low-wages are increasingly a problem for workers in many parts of the world. In the past two years, wages have remained flat in most wealthy countries and in some countries average wages are still below the levels pre-financial crisis. Workers in some global south countries like China have seen average wages rise, but these are usually still far below a living wage. Opponents claim that raising wages can lead to unemployment and higher prices. What do we know about the impact of minimum wage and living wage laws? What is the potential for these policies, and movements, to improve the lives of hundreds of millions of low-wage workers? In this talk, I will review the situation for low-wage workers globally and discuss the increased activity seen to raise wages through legislation, worker organizing and strikes
Stephanie Luce is Professor of Labor Studies at the Joseph S. Murphy Institute for Worker Education at the CUNY School for Professional Studies, and member of the Department of Sociology, CUNY Graduate Center. Professor Luce received her both her Ph.D. in sociology and her M.A. in industrial relations from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. She was a faculty member at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst Labor Center, and has worked at the U.S. Department of Labor, a Congressional Commission on Agricultural Workers, the Center for Wisconsin Strategy and the Political Economy Research Institute. Best known for her research on living wage campaigns and movements, she is the author of Fighting for a Living Wage, and co-author of two other books on wage standards: The Living Wage: Building a Fair Economy, and The Measure of Fairness. Her current research focuses on globalization and labor standards, labor-community coalitions, and retail work. She is co-editor of What Works for Workers? Public Policies and Innovative Strategies for Low-Wage. Her most recent book is Labor Movements: Global Perspectives.
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