Yet again, the BC
Liberal Government has removed the democratic right of employees to
strike. From the UBC TAs, to the ferry
workers and hospital employees, workers’ rights and public programs are coming
under constant attack. Now the Liberals
plan to use BC’s teachers as their next layer of cannon fodder. On October 7, 42 000 public school teachers
will illegally walk the line in defence of their right to collectively bargain,
to go on strike and to save education for BC’s youth. Fightback stands together with the striking teachers.
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In the last five
years, gas prices in Canada have soared from about 65-cents per litre to
over $1.10. This price hike hits the
working class hardest. While the right
wing are trying to blame taxes for the increase, the majority of Canadians see
that corporate super-profits are the real culprit. In a recent
poll, 49% of Canadians (and 67% of Quebecers) support nationalizing the oil
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.
workers across BC and Alberta have been on the picket lines since
Thursday July 21st, making it clear that they will not roll over and
take the offer that the company is trying to impose. In five years
without a contract, the members of the Telecommunications Workers Union
have put up with Telus stalling, conniving, and repeatedly bargaining
in bad faith, in a blatant attempt to break the union.