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Bullet #1312: Getting Ready for the Tory Storm in Manitoba
by David Camfield | October 7, 2016
No one has a crystal ball that allows them to foresee precisely what's going to happen as the new Tory government of Manitoba really gets down to business in the months ahead. But there are some things we can be pretty sure about. The Tories will claim that it's vital to curb provincial government spending to reduce Manitoba's deficit and move toward balancing the budget. In reality, there's no deficit crisis.
What's New: Building Decent Jobs from the Ground Up
| October 6, 2016
The Workers Action Centre (Toronto) has released a response to the Changing Workplace Review Interim Report together with Parkdale Community Legal Services. This new report calls for sweeping reforms to our labour laws that are creating precarious and low waged work. The Ministry of Labour’s Changing Workplace Review is the biggest review of our employment laws in over two decades. The appointed Special Advisors have identified the main areas where reforms are needed to deal with precarious working conditions.
What's New: Class struggle in China
| October 6, 2016
China has been the fastest growing major economy in the world for three decades. It is also home to some of the largest, most incendiary, and most under-reported labour struggles of our time. Hao Ren and Fan Gang are two activists in this burgeoning labour movement. They both organize with workers to take collective action in defense of their rights and income.
Bullet #1311: Unpacking CETA
by Peter Rossman | October 5, 2016
The Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), like other looming mega-treaties, is a comprehensive vehicle for expanding the scope of transnational investment by rolling back the capacity of governments to regulate in the public interest. The attack on democratic governance is not restricted to the notorious Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) mechanism, which privileges transnational capital by creating a parallel legal system exclusive to transnational investors. The invasive claims of transnational investors permeate the entire treaty.
What's New: Trade Unions and the Fate of the American Left
| October 4, 2016
Adolph Reed Jr. tells Paul Jay that the labour movement is the only institution with the capacity that can amount to anything on the left of center in American politics.
| October 4, 2016
CUPW has always been at the forefront of the labour movement. Because we push the envelope, we get pushed back at too. Under the austerity agenda, postal workers are often the first to come under fire. Let’s take that as a compliment – a recognition of the strength of our fighting union! Now we are taking a stand for pay equity, while resisting the boss's demands for major cuts to what we already have.
What's New: Greece: A Country for Sale
by Eleni Portaliou | October 4, 2016
The most persistent myth concerning Syriza’s capitulation to the troika is that it was a 'forced choice.' To put it differently, 'there was no alternative' to signing a third memorandum, given an extremely unfavorable balance of forces at a European and international level. This is the only seemingly rational argument Tsipras and his followers have been able to produce defending their actions. The story, however, doesn’t end here.
The BC Nurses' Union uses scabs and pits unions against one another October 28, 2016
Trudeau's promises, promises, promises October 28, 2016
Ontario's sickening mistreatment of Adam Capay October 28, 2016
Clinton Might Be Moving Toward Social Security Privatization October 28, 2016
Women in Iceland to Leave Work at 2:38 PM October 28, 2016
The persistence of poverty in Ontario October 28, 2016
Resettling China's 'Ecological Migrants' October 28, 2016
Kashmir's Lonely Struggle October 28, 2016
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|Forum: Chinese Workers’ Uprising: Unions, Workers, and Resistance in China Today|
China has been the fastest growing major economy in the world for three decades. It is also home to some of the largest, most incendiary, and most underreported labour struggles of our time. But under China’s labour management system, independent unionism is severely restricted, and the ACFTU official trade union body monopolizes worker representation for more than 800 million workers. Independent organizations are barred from agitating for their interests, despite growing wealth inequalities, and where long hours, safety hazards, and authoritarian management define life in the factories.
But this has not prevented the emergence of workers’ resistance and fightbacks across almost all sectors of work. The China Labour Bulletin reports that the number of strikes has been increasing over the past two decades. At any given time, numerous strikes are taking place, and walkouts and slowdowns over work conditions and pay are a regular and growing occurrence. Workers’ rights NGOs, while operating from a distinct disadvantage, have become increasingly involved and visible.
* Lu Zhang, Temple University, author of Inside China’s Automobile Factories: The Politics of Labor and Worker Resistance
* Eli Friedman, Cornell University, author of Insurgency Trap: Labor Politics in Postsocialist China
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