seen disgruntled public service workers taking action all over Canada in the
last year or so – whether it be teachers in Québec, twenty-thousand
Newfoundland public sector workers, Ontario’s Hydro One workers, or the members
of the Hospital Employees’ Union. The increasing labour unrest culminated this
summer when private sector workers stepped onto the scene in a major way with
the victorious Truckers’ strike.
at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) is trying to force through a new
contract on their employees – a contract eliminating restrictions on the
broadcaster's ability to contract out work instead of hiring full-time
employees. They have now applied a lock-out and it looks like it is going to a
long and bitter struggle.
A comment on Katrina from a reader in the USA,
who highlights how in the list of priorities of the US authorities, the defence
of private property came before helping the working class African Americans.
This summer up to 17,000 young internationalists from 144 countries
gathered in Caracas for one week to attend the World Festival of Youth
and Students. Ramon Samblas who was there from Britain gives his
impression of the festival and the general mood in Venezuela.
Last week riots erupted in several cities on the Caribbean island of Jamaica. According
to the Jamaican newspaper Jamaica Gleaner, the riots began after the island’s national electricity
provider announced a rise in electricity tariffs. However, the protests were
also directed against decaying public infrastructure such as roads and sewage,
low wages, and the increasing violence on the island.
Hurricane Katrina will be remembered for years to come as an important turning point in the USA. Thousands, tens of thousands of poor people have been left to fend for themselves, many dying dehydrated, in what is the richest country in the world. People are noting that the Bush administration, very quick to mobilize a huge army to invade Iraq, has been painfully slow in helping the people of New Orleans. The class question is emerging clearly and this will have profound effects on the whole of US society.