• Changes and Continuity: Four Decades of Industrial Relations in China

    China’s economic reforms started exactly forty years ago. Labour scholars today are debating the extent to which labour relations and the labour movement in China have changed, and where they may be heading. Positions are polarized between pessimists who emphasise the structural power of the market and the authoritarian state, and optimists who envision the … Keep reading »

  • Working Class Movement Must Be Independent

    South African Federation of Trade Unions says workers are not at summit to moan but to announce a radical and revolutionary programme. Keep reading »

  • The Lessons of the World Cup for our Victim Culture

    That we are living in an age of victim culture is well-exemplified by an article recently published by the CBC suggesting that minorities “feel apprehensive about heading into the wild because they don’t see themselves reflected in the outdoor industry and media.” The underlying premise is that a paucity of representations of members of these … Keep reading »

  • Border Capitalism, Disrupted

    Precarity and Struggle in a Southeast Asian Industrial Zone Through to the back of the cremation grounds where the fields of sugarcane begin, Ko Soe and I coast our bicycles to a stop. It is mid-December, and the sugarcane stocks are tall now, taller than us. Somewhere amid these fields Myanmar migrant workers from the nearby … Keep reading »

  • Attacking the Rights of Workers: The U.S. Supreme Court Hides Behind the First Amendment

    There is nothing about the U.S. Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision in Janus v. AFSCME to overturn 41 years of precedent and declare that agency fee/fair share is unconstitutional that surprised me. Watching the tendency of the conservative majority it would have been a miracle for them to have decided otherwise. Perhaps, if they had been … Keep reading »

  • This is How to Fight!

    Women in West Virginia Teach Powerful Lessons The recent wildcat strike by teachers and support staff in West Virginia is being called one of the most important events in the labour movement since the 1970s. We would like to take a closer look and examine its success and discuss its relevance to the situation here in … Watch video »

  • Amazon Workers Organize

    First-ever Agreement Between Amazon and Unions Halts Inhumane Work Hours in Italy UNI Global Union Amazon employees in Italy have made history. Workers announced on May 23rd the first-ever direct agreement between unions and the company anywhere in the world. The Italian agreement tackles inhumane scheduling, one of the core labour problems at Amazon fulfillment centres globally. … Keep reading »

  • Kinder-Morgan Fiasco: The Cat Is Out of the Bag at the CPPIB

    In the weeks and months ahead, there will be many political casualties of the Liberal government’s crisis surrounding the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion. The first of these, however, was the carefully-crafted illusion that the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board’s (CPPIB) investment decisions are free from political influence. Over two decades, the Board had … Keep reading »

  • The Stanley Cup Finals: Festival of Exploitation?

    The Stanley Cup Finals have arrived. For ardent hockey fans and their proxies in the mainstream sports media, this is the triumphant culmination of an epic journey of athletic mastery and heroic stoicism. It is the season to wax poetic about the “grit,” “toughness,” “pain,” “heroism,” and “sacrifice” that define professional hockey players and render … Keep reading »

  • Teachers Lead in the Revolt Against Austerity

    The strikes aren’t just about pay. They’re a rejection of tax cuts for the wealthy and a rallying cry for public goods and services. Keep reading »

  • French Railworkers on Strike

    The philosopher Étienne Balibar is one of the figures behind the solidarity fund in support of striking railworkers in France – a fund that now stands close to €1-million. Responding to questions from workers who are taking part in the rolling strike action, Balibar emphasized the need for what he calls “collective resistance against social … Keep reading »

  • Toyota Autoworkers Take on the Liberals

    About a hundred autoworkers, led by workers from Toyota, and their supporters rallied in front of Queen’s Park in Toronto on April 22. They were protesting the Liberal government’s decision to allow an “exception” for the auto industry for personal emergency leave (PEL) days. Keep reading »