Articles Tagged ‘Labour’

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


    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.

  • Brexit: A Workers’ Response to Oligarchs, Bankers, Flunkies, and Scabs


  • How Brexit Changes Everything


    Moderated by Canadian Dimension’s founding editor and publisher Cy Gonick, How Brexit Changes Everything was a panel discussion including professors Radhika Desai, Alan Freeman, Henry Heller and John Ryan. It took place at the Millennium Library in downtown Winnipeg on Wednesday, July 13, 2016. Video production by Paul Graham.

  • The Left After Leave


    I don’t hold out much hope for a Corbyn victory in the next general election, but his continuing leadership is all that stands between having a Labour Party that defends immigrants and one which, on the basis of political expediency, follows the political drift to the right in the name of “legitimate concerns about immigration.”

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


    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?

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


    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.

  • The class struggle behind Brexit


    Brexit was an appeal, campaigned for passionately on a nationalistic platform of xenophobia, to “real people” — those disaffected by decades of rising income inequality, de-industrialization and a political culture that remains consistently at odds with the anxieties produced by widespread socioeconomic hardship.

  • After “Brexit”: A Social-Democratic Re-Founding of Europe?


    Could this be a Gramscian kind of “passive revolution”? Or is it maybe the clarion call for the SPD’s re-social-democratization and thus revitalization – prompted perhaps by the international rise and success of the (class) conflict-oriented, anti-Third Way social democrats Jeremy Corbyn in the UK and Bernie Sanders in the United States?

  • Who Earns Minimum Wage?


    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.

  • Brexit, reality checks and reasons to be cheerful


    This should serve as a wake-up call to the Left. For too long, we’ve ignored the genuine concerns and questions of working class voters. To the question, “why does it feel like immigration makes my quality of life worse?” we need a better response than “because you’re a racist”. We can’t claim to be the voice of the working class whilst simultaneously disregarding their opinions.

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