i’m real bummed about the current state of labour politics/relations in canada. i always feared what the result of a conservative majority government would be, and it’s starting to show quite quickly that it is an anti-worker, anti-union government. the air canada strike lasted all of 16 hours before the government legislated them back to work. and with the unfolding of the canada post strike, things are looking dire for workers rights in this country:
- back-to-work legislation imposes lower wages than Canada Post’s last offer in the Toronto Star
- Message in harper’s back to work law against CUPW is that labour will be put in its place by Fred Wilson at Rabble.ca
- Good jobs aren’t in the plan by John Cartwright (President of the Toronto and York Region Labour Council)
this last article is particularly depressing, because it rings so true to me.
If you are under the age of 35, pay close attention. Your standard of living, and that of your children, is being decided right now in the boardroom, the workplace and even on the picket line. Sooner rather than later, you will need to pick a side.
— Emma Goldman “What is Anarchy?” (via liberationfrequency)