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Labour Fightback

OPSEU President ‘Smokey’ Thomas works to demobilize anti-Ford movement

Warren (Smokey) Thomas, president of the Ontario Public Service Employees Union. (Photo Credit: CHRIS ROUSSAKIS/ OTTAWA CITIZEN)On Aug. 1, 2018 the Ontario Public Services Employees Union (OPSEU) President Warren “Smokey” Thomas published a piece on the union’s website entitled “Steadiness, Strength and Discipline: A Winning Combination”. The article acknowledges a wave of “anxiety” among members since the election of a Conservative majority government led by Doug Ford, but instead of encouraging them to prepare for a fight against the Conservatives, Thomas calls on activists to stop any form of action that they are doing and to rethink their approach. 

The CUPE 3903 Days of Action: Defiance and solidarity strikes

CUPEThe ongoing saga of the York University Strike has taken a new turn. Doug Ford’s Progressive Conservatives have introduced back-to-work legislation in an effort to help York’s administration crush the strike. As the Canadian Civil Liberties Association has explained, this is a flagrant violation of the rights of workers to organize which will also harm the education of York University students.

Toronto labour council passes resolution on defiance of back-to-work legislation promoted by Fightback

20180705 195647The Toronto and York Region Labour Council (TYRLC) has passed a resolution calling on labour organizations and unions to organize mass resistance in the event that “back-to-work” legislation is used against striking workers. Initiated by rank-and-file trade unionists with Labour Fightback and the Workers United Canada Council, the resolution was submitted by members of Workers United Local 154 at the July 5 Labour Council meeting, where it was passed unanimously. The adoption of this resolution by the TYRLC, which represents approximately 205,000 workers in the Greater Toronto Area, sends a strong signal to the Conservative government of Premier Doug Ford that workers will not be bullied out of their democratic rights.

Goderich miners erect blockade as strike drags on

Unifor picket at Goderich On July 4, striking miners and electricians in Goderich, Ont. erected a blockade in front of the salt mine where they work. The approximately 350 Unifor members have been on strike now for almost 10 weeks. The workers hope the blockade will stop the flow of scab labour into the mine, something which the company, Compass Minerals, has become increasingly reliant on as the strike drags on. Union president Gary Lynch made his intentions clear as the blockade went up:

Resurgence of the class struggle in Quebec

08928252 f4c3 4418 b2bc e88e683ee849 ORIGINAL2018 in Quebec has so far been marked by an upsurge in the class struggle. Workers are becoming more combative and the bosses more vicious. Week after week, new labour conflicts erupt. Taken individually, these little isolated economic struggles could seem of marginal importance. But taken collectively, the fact that they are taking place at this time is not accidental, but the harbinger of movements of great historic importance. Slowly but surely, the “old mole” of revolution digs its tunnel and causes tremors on the surface in the form of strikes and lockouts. Sooner or later it will reach the surface, shutting up the pessimists and the prophets of the status quo.

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