Articles Tagged ‘Canada’

  • Postal Workers Confront Canada Post

    Labour

    Activists need to find ways to put pressure on the leaders of both public and private sector unions, insisting that they go beyond perfunctory statements of support, and even promises of financial assistance, to communicate the importance of the issues to their members and to commit significant resources to mobilizing concrete solidarity with postal workers.

  • The labour movement and the housing crisis: long-separated struggles

    Labour

    This raises important questions for the labour movement. The traditional focus on the workplace clearly doesn’t help workers, and the working class in expensive cities like Metro Vancouver. A union can increase wages, ensure job security, and empower workers in their shops, but that won’t protect anybody from being the victim of gentrification and ballooning rents.

  • Implementing Austerity By Downloading Responsibility

    Canadian Politics

    The reality of austerity is often talked about in terms of the millions of dollars cut from social spending. Too infrequently do we actually talk about the impact on real people who bear the brunt of these cuts. Laura and her two kids are three of the thousands of people who daily face the consequences of the Liberal government’s decision to gut social assistance.

  • Ottawa Approves Controversial Chemical for Ocean Oil Spills

    Canadian Politics

    Recent U.S. studies based on the performance of Corexit during the Gulf of Mexico spill show the synergistic action between the chemical and crude oil can make oil 52 times more toxic to planktonic marine life than oil itself. The chemical also kills natural ocean bacteria that can biodegrade oil while favouring bacteria that does not.

  • From the Tar Sands to ‘Green Jobs’? Work and Ecological Justice

    Environment

    But the political calculation of ecologists, unionists, and socialists needs to be as ambitious as the challenges at hand are large. This is to insist that a rupture with the existing paradigm of production and work is needed – ‘ways of living’ as the early ecology and socialist movements envisioned. Solar communism, anyone?

  • Let’s not mix xenophobia with legitimate resistance to corporate trade deals

    Globalization

    The Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement offers sweetheart legal protection for some of the richest people on Earth, making it easy for them to sue us for uncapped amounts, in closed tribunals adjudicated by lawyers with a financial interest in siding with the rich foreigners. Not even revulsion for Donald Trump will provide enough lipstick to pretty up this pig.

  • The looming Canada Post lockout: workers resist concessions for next generation

    Labour

    Inter-union solidarity is always important, but the battles being fought in these negotiations will have an effect in every community and household over the short and long term. This is about more than a percent here or a percent there on a paycheque — this is about the survival of decent employment, and the prospects of what this movement means to young workers.

  • Campaign to revoke the Jewish National Fund of Canada’s Charitable Status

    Canadian Politics

    The campaign to revoke the JNF’s charitable status serves an important educational purpose. Drawing attention to the organization is a way to discuss the racism intrinsic to Zionism and it also exposes the progressive language that has masked Israeli colonialism. Additionally, the JNF campaign highlights Canada’s contribution to Palestinian dispossession.

  • Who Earns Minimum Wage?

    Labour

    But if we’re talking about increasing the minimum wage, workers who earn just above that get a raise too. So how many workers benefit directly from a $15 minimum wage? Well, in 2015 about 25% of all workers in Canada made $15 / hr or less. That’s more than 4 million workers.

  • Canada Since 1960 Toronto book launch

    Socialism

    Edited by CD founder Cy Gonick with chapters from 25 writers who evaluate how CD discussed diverse subjects over a span of 50 years: 50 years of class struggle; 50 Years in Indian Country; 50 Years of Art & Culture; 50 Years of making socialism; 50 Years of rebelling youth; 50 years of anti-racism, human rights and immigration advocacy and much more.

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