Author: Kevin Skerrett

Kevin Skerrett is a Senior Research Officer assigned to pensions for CUPE, currently on a leave and teaching at Carleton University’s Institute of Political Economy. He was a co-editor of the Cornell University Press volume The Contradictions of Pension Fund Capitalism (2018).

  • Pension Fund Capitalism and the COVID-19 Pandemic: The Case of Revera

    Of the many crises provoked by the COVID-19 pandemic across Canada, the dire situation in long-term care facilities and retirement housing may be the most widely and urgently recognized. Even Ontario Premier Doug Ford, whose own party engineered the significant shift to more privatized and ‘marketized’ long-term care (LTC) provision in the 1990s, recently declared … Keep reading »

  • Contradictions of Pension Fund Capitalism

    Kevin Skerrett and Chris Roberts discuss the significance of their edited book, The Contradictions of Pension Fund Capitalism. Heather Whiteside and Janice Folk-Dawson speak to the issues the book raises for the trade union and working class movements today. Recorded in Toronto, 29 March 2018. Watch video »

  • Can We Defend Our Pensions Without Challenging Financialized Capitalism?

    Unrelenting employer attacks on workplace based pension plans are intensifying, and the struggle to defend them is becoming more challenging right across the country. One recent development appears to be an important partial victory. Some 900 workers at Bombardier’s Thunder Bay production facility, represented by Unifor, launched an eight-week strike on July 14, and the … Keep reading »

  • Ottawa hotel workers exercise their right to strike – and win

    Workers fought hard over many decades to win legal recognition of the right to strike. Most unionized workers now have this right, and most trade unions work hard to defend and occasionally exercise it. It is, of course, terribly disheartening to feel a renewed need to state the above obvious point, but in the wake … Keep reading »