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What's New: Mandela's Democracy
by Andrew Nash | December 6, 2013
In his speech from the dock, at his 1962 trial for inciting African workers to strike and leaving the country without a passport, Nelson Mandela described the initial formation of his political ideas. "Many years ago, when I was a boy brought up in my village in the Transkei, I listened to the elders of the tribe telling stories about the good old days, before the arrival of the White man."
| December 5, 2013
How do employers make money from forced labour? Our research into how UK industries profit from forced labour found that: * The way the UK economy functions creates a pool of people vulnerable to forced labour. People who are excluded from formal work and those in jobs at or near minimum wage are most susceptible; * Forced labour is used when it makes business sense, and is strongly associated with informality in the labour market.
What's New: Air Shows
by Mike Constable | December 5, 2013
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What's New: Canadian Dimension: Nov/Dec 2013
| December 5, 2013
This is CD's third special issue on mining in just the last few years. Canada, one of the world's largest mining nations, operates in more than 100 countries and is among the top five world producers of potash, uranium, nickel, gold, platinum, aluminum, diamonds and steel-making coal. The focus this issue is on the many ways the Canadian state supports the mining industry at home and abroad.
What's New: transform! newsletter
| December 4, 2013
Articles on: Alter Summit-Network Held a Strategy Conference; 4th Congress of the European Left Party; Democratizing the State Apparatus; An Alternative Welcome at the University of Athens and more.
by Suzanne Weiss | December 4, 2013
We hear disturbing reports this year from southern Israel. The government proposes to relocate some 70,000 Palestinian Bedouins from their present homes to government-approved townships. This is called the Prawer Plan, and Israel's parliament approved it by a three-vote majority in June. The Prawer Plan would destroy 35 Bedouin villages in the Negev region and extinguish Bedouin claims to land seized from them after the foundation of Israel.
by Dru Oja Jay | December 3, 2013
What's missing from the discussion is that Elizabeth May's pandering marks the official end of choice when it comes to Canada's relationship with what Stephen Harper recently called "that light of freedom and democracy in what is otherwise a region of darkness," Israel. Not one political party that is technically capable of wining a majority in Canada's parliament is -- as of now -- willing to put up any resistance to Israel's military occupation, belligerence, or ongoing campaign of dispossession against the Palestinians.
Canada's CEOs Are Among the Fattest Cats December 5, 2013
Potash layoffs caused by loss of single desk December 5, 2013
Max Blumenthal: I knew Alterman would freak out December 5, 2013
Algonquins of Barriere Lake Stop Unauthorized Forestry Operations December 5, 2013
Why the world should care about Honduras' recent election December 4, 2013
The often-ignored facts about Elsipogtog December 4, 2013
Economy needs infrastructure boost, not belt-tightening December 4, 2013
Australian imperialism in Indonesia December 3, 2013In The News archive:
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| 3:30pm, Friday December 6, 2013
CSI, ING Room, 720 Bathurst Street, Toronto.
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|Workshop series: Pension Funds, Unions, and Working Class Strategies|
We are pleased to invite participation in an open workshop series focused on the role of Canadian workers’ pension funds in the larger national and global economy.
One of the key features of the continuing deep economic crisis facing Canadian workers is the attack on long established pension and retirement benefits, which are now dismissed as a costly frill that only benefits a shrinking minority of the workforce. The defence of these benefits by trade unions is becoming more difficult and divisive – it risks appearing self-serving in a context where the older notion that private, employer-based plans might serve as a positive step toward a universal system of full coverage for all workers is no longer credible.
• Convenor: Kevin Skerrett (Canadian Union of Public Employees), firstname.lastname@example.org
• Greg Albo (Centre for Social Justice), email@example.com
Proposed Series Schedule and Details:
Each of the six workshops will be held on Friday afternoons from 3:30pm – 6:00pm, every other week. (We will skip November 8th, and use November 15th in its place)
Registration not required for the last two sessions -- open to all.
• September 27: From Pension Fund Socialism to Pension Fund Capitalism?
• October 11: Trade union and ‘progressive’ strategies: The Responsible Investment, Capital Stewardship, and ‘pension fund activism’ movements
• October 25: Fiduciary Duty – A legal shield for corporate capitalism?
• November 15: Pension funds and privatization: P3s and pension-financed privatization
• December 6: The Rise of Finance – What role for trade unions & pension funds? With Michael Rafferty, John Peters and Aidan Conway.
• December 13: Trade unions, pensions, corporations, and the state. With Doug Henwood and Sam Gindin.
Location and Time: Sessions will be held on Fridays from 3:30-6:00 in the ING Room, ground level, at the Centre for Social Innovation, 720 Bathurst Street (one block south of Bloor).
This workshop is co-sponsored by the Centre for Social Justice, Global Labour Research Centre (York University), Canada Research Chair in Political Economy (York University) and Socialist Project | PDF flyer | Facebook event
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