Tag: Austerity

  • Austerity Without End

    In 2019, the now 187-member International Labour Organization celebrated its 100th anniversary. As one of the oldest agencies of the United Nations, the ILO used the occasion to renew calls for improved opportunities and working conditions, social protections and collective bargaining rights. The ILO’s Global Commission on the Future of Work (2019, 2) proposed a … Keep reading »

  • Another Round of Punishing Austerity in Ontario

    The eminent conservative scholar of public budgeting Aaron Wildavsky characterized annual budgets as a record of “victories, defeats, bargains, and compromises.” The province of Ontario’s 2019 Budget, the first of the new Conservative government of Doug Ford, does indeed tell us something of this – additional fiscal supports for business, erosion of social expenditures in … Keep reading »

  • Austerity and University Education w/ Alan Sears and Jessica Ireland

    Episode 1: University education in Canada is becoming increasingly necessary and, at the same time, increasingly difficult to access. Listen to audio »

  • Punitive Austerity: Ford, the Tories and the Coming Cuts

    Many Ontarians are captured by the idea of getting the same or more services for less money. But few know what the numbers might actually mean. Since Doug Ford [Leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario] did not release a clear platform, Ontarians know more about how much a beer may cost if the … Keep reading »

  • Are Chicago Teachers Headed Toward a Strike?

    A three-cornered battle between a budget-slashing mayor (Rahm Emanuel), a union-busting governor (Bruce Rauner) and determined teachers (CTU) could result this fall in the second public school strike in Chicago in four years. At the center of the battle is an effort to force Chicago teachers to pay the equivalent of 7 per cent of … Keep reading »

  • Age of Austerity: Capital, the Financial Crisis and the State in Canada

    Geoffrey McCormack and Thom Workman interviewed by Robin Chang The financial and economic crisis of 2008 has left a continuing legacy on social welfare, showing up in slow economic growth, unemployment and underemployment, and increasing social conflict. In the debate over the future of the world economy, many foresee a long depression, and the intensification of … Keep reading »

  • The Class Logic Behind Austerity Policies In the Euro-Area

    Can SYRIZA Put Forward a Progressive Alternative? 1. The Nexus of Economic Crisis and Austerity 1.1 Austerity as a cost saving capitalist strategy After the outbreak of the 2008 global economic crisis, extreme austerity policies prevailed in many parts of the developed capitalist world, especially in the European Union (EU) and the Euro-area (EA). Austerity has been … Keep reading »

  • The Public Value of Public Sector Strikes

    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 … Keep reading »

  • Austerity Against Democracy: An Authoritarian Phase of Neoliberalism?

    From its very beginnings, the new doctrine of neoliberalism was quite consciously set in opposition to socialism as an alternate economic and democratic order to capitalism and as an unyielding defender of private property. In its specific programmatic mandate, neoliberalism was an offspring of the Great Depression and set against Keynesian state intervention. But however … Keep reading »

  • Fighting Austerity Today

    Ottawa — 26 April 2014. Building Solidarity Against Austerity Moderated by Shannon Balla. Presentations by: Dave Bush is a community activist and Editor of Rankandfile.ca. Robb Barnes is an activist with EcologyOttawa.ca. Natalie Mehra is Director of Ontario Health Coalition. Part of Building Solidarity Against Austerity – A Dayschool on Past and Current Struggles.

  • Building Solidarity Against Austerity: Learning From Our Past

    Ottawa — 26 April 2014. Moderated by Simone Powell. Presentations by: Rosemary Warskett is a former PSAC Staff Rep. Jean-Claude Parrot is the former National President of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW), and is the author of My Union, My Life. Part of Building Solidarity Against Austerity – A Dayschool on Past and … Watch video »

  • Global Austerity and Global Resistance

    Ottawa — 26 April 2014. Moderated by Shellie Bird. Presentation by: David McNally teaches political science at York University, Toronto. His most recent books include Global Slump: The Economics and Politics of Crisis and Resistance, and Monsters of the Market. Part of Building Solidarity Against Austerity – A Dayschool on Past and Current Struggles.