Articles Tagged ‘Labour’

  • The Working Class: Saskatchewan’s Political Orphan

    Canadian Politics

    When Brad Wall’s Saskatchewan Party swept to power in 2007 the working class and its trade unions were already defeated, unwilling and unprepared to fight back. Wall commenced an assault on labour, rewriting all labour laws in a pro-capitalist direction and effectively banning strikes in the public sector. Wall essentially dared unions to go on strike.

  • China’s Pivot to World Markets, Washington’s Pivot to World Wars

    Asia

    While President Obama’s “pivot to Asia” has been largely a wasteful military strategy to encircle and intimidate China, Beijing’s “pivot to markets” has successfully enhanced its economic competitiveness. As a result, over the past decade, China’s growth rate is three times that of the US; and in the next decade China will double the US in ‘robotizing’ its productive economy.

  • Postal Banking and the Future of Canadian Public Services

    Canadian Business

    But with Postal Banking, the process can be reversed. Canadians don’t need to rely on capitalists to provide social necessities; Canadians don’t need to accept the erosion of economic democracy; and Canadians don’t need to accept a system of economic organization that provides basic services only when they are profitable.

  • A feminist case for Basic Income: An interview with Kathi Weeks

    Labour

    Making connections between the demand for basic income in a national context and the demand for more open borders is particularly important with a reform like basic income which, like many other reforms, risks becoming a kind of enclave benefit that could then help to fuel anti-immigrant sentiments and support for even more controls on cross-border travel and immigration.

  • Introduction: Basic Questions

    Labour

    But it was really in the 20th century, with the advent of automation and the ensuing reflections on the social impact, for good or ill, of productivity-boosting and labour-sparing technology, that an unconditional Basic Income began to be viewed as feasible, finding supporters in thinkers from Milton Friedman to Bertrand Russell to André Gorz.

  • Delivering Community Power - Winnipeg

    Environment

    Representatives of Friends of Public Services, the Canadian Union of Postal Workers and Solidarity Winnipeg discuss how Canada Post could become the hub of a post-carbon economy. Speakers include Dru Jay of Friends of Public Services, Basia Sokal of the CUPW and Sofia Soriano and Maya Martinez-Alper of Solidarity Winnipeg.

  • Work Life: What’s At Stake At Canada Post?

    Labour

    The Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) is currently engaged in collective bargaining with Canada Post. Unlike in previous rounds, the contracts of both the Urban bargaining unit (covering about 42,000 workers) and the unit of some 8,000 Rural and Suburban Mail Carriers (RSMCs) are being negotiated simultaneously.

  • Thousands to Meet in Montreal for World Social Forum

    Social Movements

    In recent years, the WSF has been buoyed by the popular demands for social justice and democracy in Southern Europe, North Africa and the Middle East, and even the United States (Occupy Wall Street). There is a growing awareness of the need to consider alternatives to policies that primarily benefit elites, as was evident in the U.S. with the Bernie Sanders campaign.

  • The Importance of Making Trouble: In conversation with Frances Fox Piven

    Social Movements

    Frances Fox Piven is Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Sociology at the City University of New York Graduate Center and past president of the American Sociological Association. She has co-authored, with her late husband Richard Cloward, classic studies of American politics, social welfare, and social movements, including Regulating the Poor (1971).

  • 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.

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