Category: Labour

  • From Unorganized Street Protests to Organizing Unions

    The Birth of a New Trade Union Movement in Hong Kong For several months in 2019, the world’s news media was front-paging the Hong Kong anti-extradition bill movement almost on a daily basis. However, toward the end of the year, with the street violence subsiding and the fierce battles at two universities ending in the defeat … Keep reading »

  • Crunch Time for the Platform Management Model

    In what may come to be viewed as a historic court case, a group of UK Uber drivers from London, Birmingham, Nottingham and Glasgow have launched a legal action against Uber in the Netherlands, supported by the App Drivers and Couriers Union (ADCU), the International Alliance of App-based Transport Workers (IAATW) and Worker Info Exchange. … Keep reading »

  • The European Automotive Sector – Time to Rethink Mobility!

    Every sector of the economy has felt the impact of the coronavirus crisis, and car manufacturing is no exception. There are 12 million EU workers employed in the automotive industry, either directly in production or in parts manufacturing, and the sector accounts for 7 per cent of the union’s GDP. If we look at direct … Keep reading »

  • COVID-19 and Patriarchy in the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife

    In an effort to shed light on the vital but undervalued labour of predominantly female health professionals, the World Health Organization named 2020 the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife. It is an irony and a sickening reality that 2020 turned out to be the year when nurses and other health workers would be … Keep reading »

  • Health Workers: From Praise to Protection

    Crises sometimes bring out the best in society, and sometimes – or even at the same time – they clarify what is so darkly wrong within. In the particular case of the commitments and risks taken by the front-line workers that we apparently value so deeply now, the contrast lies in how little they were … Keep reading »

  • Green Jobs Oshawa Virtual Press Conference

    Green Jobs Oshawa held an online Press Conference and Public Forum to highlight the desperate need for more PPE for our front line workers, especially N95 masks. We are calling on our governments to use their emergency powers to ramp up domestic production, starting with the obvious location of GM’s largely empty Oshawa facility. Watch video »

  • A New Lucas Plan for Post-Pandemic Socially Useful Jobs?

    Online forum on how worker-led industrial conversion can deal with the coronavirus pandemic as a model for the future. Watch video »

  • Cabin Fever: Hope on the Edge of Despair at YYZ

    New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman infamously defended globalization with the comment, “No, most of our political elite has not realised that the world is flat.” His beloved neoliberal globalization has indeed helped flatten our world as we are all reading this in some form of quarantine. With lightning speed our lives came to a … Keep reading »

  • Producing Medical Equipment for Social Need

    Expand Production to Include N95 Masks at GM Oshawa On April 24, the Canadian government announced a letter of intent to convert a portion of the GM Oshawa complex for the manufacture of much needed medical masks (personal protective equipment or PPE). Green Jobs Oshawa welcomed this important step forward. However, it soon became apparent that … Keep reading »

  • Following Mexico’s Worker Strikes, the US Steps in to Keep Border Factories Open

    In Washington, D.C., President Donald Trump is trying his best to reopen closed meatpacking plants, as packinghouse workers catch the COVID-19 virus and die. In Tijuana, Mexico, where workers are dying in mostly US-owned factories (known as maquiladoras) that produce and export goods to the US, the Baja California state governor, a former California Republican … Keep reading »

  • Coronavirus threat to women workers

    Will the Pandemic Set Women Back?

    By sapping demand for garments and other goods produced in export-oriented developing and emerging economies, the COVID-19 pandemic poses an acute threat to women workers and progress toward greater gender equality. In addressing the economic fallout of the public-health crisis, policymakers must tailor their response accordingly. In April, the International Labour Organization (ILO) predicted that … Keep reading »

  • COVID-19 and ‘Actually Existing’ Unions

    The shut-down of non-essential work in response to COVID-19 has decimated labour markets. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that 20.5 million more workers lost their jobs in April, as official unemployment skyrocketed to 14.7%. It is the largest single-month increase in unemployment since the data series started in 1948. In Canada, the news … Keep reading »