Category: Labour

  • Safety Is Not Negotiable for Anyone – Including Healthcare Workers

    The following is a joint statement issued March 13 by the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC), the Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions (CFNU), the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), Unifor, the National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) and the Service Employees International Union (SEIU). As labour organizations representing close to a million healthcare … Keep reading »

  • Inoculating Against Globalization: Coronavirus and the Search for Alternatives

    Social developments constantly surprise. The latest anxieties over the economic contradictions of extreme globalization haven’t been triggered by a trade war, inter-imperial rivalry, a financial meltdown or riots in the streets. They’ve rather been sparked by an apparently non-economic and contingent event: the coronavirus outbreak. As precautionary measures send workers home in a place few … Keep reading »

  • Class (Size) Struggle: The Ontario Government’s Latest Game

    Anything that Ontario Education Minister Stephen Lecce says should be taken with a bag of salt. His ability to dissemble is astonishing. So, when he said on Tuesday afternoon that high school class sizes would be 23 starting in the 2020-21 school year and that parents would be able to opt out of e-learning courses … Keep reading »

  • The Transnational Activism of Dockworkers

    “Interfere with the foreign policy of the country? Sure as hell! That’s our job, that’s our privilege, that’s our right, that’s our duty” – Harry Bridges, 1974. Dockworkers have power. That’s the basic argument of my book which is named – yes – Dockworker Power: Race and Activism in Durban and the San Francisco Bay … Keep reading »

  • Unions, Organizing, and the Fight for Democracy

    Despite the weakened state of most unions, workers today who are either forming new ones or reforming older ones point us in the direction of how to solve the crisis engulfing our society and our politics. In the midterm elections in 2018 – dubbed the year of the woman – the misogyny oozing from the … Keep reading »

  • Oshawa Could be the Engine of a Green New Deal in Canada

    It was an event that had happened countless times before. General Motors had been producing cars in Oshawa for over 100 years, and the plant had been at the centre of car production in Canada. This time, though, was different. Workers at the plant crowded around the pickup truck and photographed it as it left … Keep reading »

  • Rights Against the Machines

    Organizing Food Courier Work in Toronto and Bologna The Canadian Union of Postal Workers is leading a drive to unionize Foodora bike and car couriers in Toronto – the first case of these food courier workers to unionize in Canada that is currently before the Ontario Labour Relations Board. In Bologna, Italy, the Riders Union Bologna … Watch video »

  • ‘Poorly Behaved Nurses’ and Inequality in SA’s Healthcare Sector

    Nurses in South Africa get a bad rap. Whether by journalists, politicians, academics, patients or bosses, nurses – particularly in the public sector – are criticized, vilified and scrutinized. Little consideration is given to the trying context in which they work. Nurses hold 81 per cent of filled professional positions in the public healthcare sector … Keep reading »

  • The Myth of State Neutrality

    Police Violence, Labour, and the Unifor/Co-op Struggle We are taught at a very early age and socialized throughout our lives to respect and obey the rule of law. British Columbia Premier John Horgan recently invoked, rather infamously, the rule of law in justifying RCMP assaults on Wet’suwet’en defending their territory against imposition of the Coastal GasLink … Keep reading »

  • Ford’s Fight with Educators: A Student’s Perspective

    It’s hard to walk across the University of Toronto (U of T) campus without your eye catching the grand, pale-bricked building that sits parallel to the greenery of Queen’s Park. It is even harder to find a U of T student who has not witnessed or participated in a protest on the front lawn of … Keep reading »

  • Realizing ‘Just Transitions’: The Struggle for Plant Conversion at GM Oshawa

    On November 26, 2018, General Motors announced a number of plant closures in North America, the largest of which is in Oshawa, Ontario. The Oshawa facility, once the largest auto complex on the continent, was to end all its assembly operations by the end of 2019. The response of the federal government, which had used … Keep reading »

  • From Lockout to Blockade at Co-op Refinery: Solidarity with Unifor 594

    Members of Unifor 594 and the union’s national leadership are waging a bitter battle against Co-op Refinery Complex, a division of Federation of Co-operatives, Ltd, and the company’s efforts to force concessions on the workers’ pensions. The company is demanding that the existing workforce as well as new hires move to defined contribution pensions, whereby … Keep reading »