The mood of the workers was
very militant and it is quite clear that they are willing to remain on the
picket lines for as long as it takes to win. Terry McDonald, a member of the
Oshawa Local's bargaining committee, told Fightback, "We're right.
We're going to stay as long as it takes for them to realise that."
The closure of the GM's Oshawa plant announced on June 3rd,
with the loss of 2600 jobs, is a slap in the face to auto workers everywhere.
The reaction of the workers has been a militant one. Canadian Auto Workers
activists blockaded GM headquarters in Oshawa,
refusing to let managers in until they sit down and talk with union leaders. At
the time of writing, the blockade is still up.
On May 29th
approximately 45 people attended a round-table discussion at the Simon Bolivar
Cultural Centre in Montreal, Canada, with Celia Hart and Jorge Martin,
organized by the International Marxist Tendency on "Permanent Revolution and
Trotsky's ideas in Venezuela
On May 28th, close to 200 people attended a very successful
conference on Cuba and Venezuela, entitled "Cuba
after Fidel, Venezuela at the Crossroads." Hands
off Venezuela Montreal and the Bolivarian Society of Quebec, in collaboration
with the International Marxist Tendency and Gauche Socialiste, organized the
public round-table discussion on the theory of Permanent Revolution and
the ideas of Leon Trotsky, and how these ideas are now shaping the
revolution in Venezuela, Cuba, and the rest of Latin America. Leading the discussion will be Celia Hart and Jorge Martin.