Articles Tagged ‘Labour’

  • ‘There is no Alternative Unless We Build One’: Reinventing Socialist Politics

    Socialism

    We now know well that the transition from private to state property alone does not lead to workers’ power and self-government. Socialists have built different types of parties since the Manifesto was written. These are all part of the left history, of failures and defeats, of resistances and victories.

  • Lifting Up Low-Wage Work: Global Perspectives

    Labour

    Low-wages are increasingly a problem for workers in many parts of the world. In the past two years, wages have remained flat in most wealthy countries and in others, average wages are still below the levels of pre-financial crisis. What do we know about the impact of minimum wage and living wage laws?

  • Austerity Strangles Ontario: the TA strikes in Context

    Education

    Bringing together these strikes with the burgeoning OPS contract fight, and showing up at OPSEU’s numerous rallies and info pickets, Ontario workers can begin to build some real solidarity and power capable of taking on the Liberals.

  • Here We Come A-Picketing! Christmas Carols, Class Conflict, and the Eaton’s Strike, 1984-85

    Labour

    By mid-December, the holiday shopping season is usually in full swing for Canadian retailers. Thirty years ago, however, several Eaton’s department stores in southern Ontario were experiencing a different type of holiday hustle and bustle: Eaton’s workers were on strike.

  • Dining Out in Dinkytown

    Labour

    If you are in Minneapolis, after a hard day’s night, the place to go for a morning pick-me-up is Al’s Breakfast. Or so I was informed. Being in the Twin Cities in mid-July, I made my way to the legendary AM eatery, located in the heart of Dinkytown, the neighbourhood adjacent to the University of Minnesota where Al’s is located.

  • Can We Defend Our Pensions Without Challenging Financialized Capitalism?

    Labour

    Unrelenting employer attacks on workplace based pension plans are intensifying, and the struggle to defend them is becoming more challenging right across the country.

  • Conservative Prostitution Bill: Two Steps Back

    Labour

    Last year, Canada’s Supreme Court made a landmark decision for sex workers. A major step towards occupational health and safety, the decision was lauded by advocacy organizations across North America, and hailed as a progressive move forward. Now, Peter MacKay, the Minister of Justice, has proposed legislation that would take labour rights in Canada two major steps back. Why? Because those workers are sex workers.

  • Tony Benn—educator, radical, champion of democracy

    Labour

    Labour’s longest-serving MP, who has died at the age of 88, had an unshakable belief in democracy and Labour.

  • Dreaming of What Might Be

    Illustrate! Educate! Organize! The Graphic History Collective (GHC) is pleased to announce the launch of their new comic book about the Knights of Labor in Canada called Dreaming of What Might Be: The Knights of Labor in Canada 1880–1900.

  • Beyond the Economic Crisis: The Crisis In Trade Unionism

    Discussions on the left about the economy might be summarized as warning that things are going to get a lot worse before they get…worse. This is not just a matter of the sustained attacks on the labour movement but as much a reflection of the crisis within labour.

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