Workers Issues in Canada
By Carl Bronski and Roger Jordan, 25 January 2020
A recent opinion poll has underscored that most Ontarians support teachers in striking against the Ford government’s class-size increases and gutting of education support services.
While workers confront police violence and pro-company court injunctions,
By Carl Bronski, 25 January 2020
Using a phony, largely scripted “blockade” of the Co-op Refinery Complex as a diversionary backdrop, Unifor has moved to end the bitter, seven-week-long lockout of 750 oil refinery workers by ceding to management’s concession demands.
By Roger Jordan, 20 January 2020
While the unions are confining teachers to ineffectual one-day regional strikes, Ford and his ministers are plotting to ram through class-size increases and other cuts by outlawing all job action.
By Carl Bronski, 18 January 2020
With the explicit support of the right-wing Saskatchewan Party government, the courts and the police, CRC is mounting a massive scabbing operation.
French oil refinery workers join strikes; nurses walk out in Northern Ireland
10 January 2020
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Montreal Airport refuelers on strike
7 January 2020
Workers in charge of refueling jets, employees of Swissport, have been on strike since December 31 over pay after overwhelmingly rejecting a management offer.
Saskatchewan oil refinery lockout:
By Carl Bronski, 3 January 2020
The court ruling criminalizes all but token “information picketing” by locked-out workers at the Cooperative Refinery Complex in Regina, Saskatchewan.
By Laurent Lafrance, 31 December 2019
The Quebec government is demanding real wage cuts and other concessions from the province’s half million public sector workers.
Two-day national postal workers strike in Mexico
31 December 2019
Mexican postal workers are protesting the failure of management to live up to previous wage agreements as well as deteriorating working conditions.
By Riksen Stewart, 23 December 2019
Threats of a “general strike” from a few union bureaucrats are bluster aimed at containing and defusing mounting working-class hostility to the provincial government.
By Carl Bronski, 18 December 2019
The Unifor union suppressed all opposition to the closure of the factory while stoking animosity toward Mexican autoworkers.
Ontario Teachers plan third one-day strike; Mexican housing agency workers strike
17 December 2019
High school teachers across the Canadian province of Ontario are planning another partial strike December 18 while workers at Institute of the National Housing Fund for Workers in Mexico City have carried out a one-day strike.
By Carl Bronski, 12 December 2019
The Co-op Refinery Complex in Regina, Saskatchewan has locked out its workforce after workers defied its demands for further pension cuts.
By our reporters, 6 December 2019
Wednesday’s province-wide high school teachers’ strike won widespread support from parents, students and other working people.
By Roger Jordan, 4 December 2019
More than 60,000 Ontario high school teachers will walk off the job today in opposition to the sweeping cuts the provincial Conservative government is making to education and their terms of employment.
By Carl Bronski, 3 December 2019
Unifor officials feigned shock over the arbitrator’s decision. But time and again the union has imposed concessions in exchange for “ironclad” job guarantees that quickly proved worthless.
By Keith Jones, 27 November 2019
Everything suggests the union abandoned all, or at least most, of the CN Rail workers’ key demands in their rush to shut down the strike and avert a confrontation with the federal Liberal government.
As corporate Canada calls for strike-breaking legislation
By Carl Bronski, 22 November 2019
Demands have been made from all quarters of the corporate elite for Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government to quickly bring in back-to-work legislation criminalizing the four-day-old strike.
By Roger Jordan, 20 November 2019
Workers, who have been without a contract since July, are protesting against dangerous working conditions and long shifts, which have led to high levels of fatigue.
By Carl Bronski, 19 November 2019
Governments across Canada have initiated a new austerity wave, targeting public services and the jobs and wages of the workers who administer them.
Strike looms at Canadian National Railway
19 November 2019
Some 3,000 conductors, trainspersons and yard workers were poised to strike Tuesday as contract talks between the Teamsters and Canadian National Railway reached an impasse over the weekend.
Dominican health workers strike, Chilean copper miners protest subcontracting
12 November 2019
Healthcare workers in the Domincan Republic held a one day strike November 7 to press wage demands while Chilean copper miners are set to strike against the abuse of subcontract workers.
By Jake Silver and Roger Jordan, 9 November 2019
The virtually unanimous strike vote by teachers reflects the depth of opposition to the government’s austerity agenda and is part of a growing upsurge of the class struggle internationally.
Ontario elementary teachers return big majority for strike authorization
5 November 2019
Some 83,000 members of the Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario have given a 98 percent strike authorization vote as talks continue with the provincial government.
Unifor’s attempt to impose concessions contracts on Saskatchewan workers meeting widespread opposition
By Carl Bronski, 4 November 2019
On learning that Unifor had accepted a two-year wage freeze in order to scuttle a 17-day strike, Saskatchewan Crown corporation workers denounced the union leadership from the floor of ratification meetings.
By Roger Jordan, 30 October 2019
Fightback has lavishly praised the sellout agreement that CUPE is seeking to impose on 55,000 Ontario school support staff, after scuttling a threatened strike.
Teamsters warn of possible strike at CN Rail
29 October 2019
Conductors and other railroad personnel gave a 99 percent strike mandate after months of negotiations have not resulted in an agreement.
By Carl Bronski, 24 October 2019
The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees has threatened rank-and-file workers with criminal charges if details of a spending scandal were further publicized.
Buenos Aires metro workers strike over asbestos in trains
22 October 2019
Workers are set to carry out a series of strikes and protests over the refusal of management to take any serious steps toward the removal of asbestos from trains.
By Laurent Lafrance, 15 October 2019
The QFL’s promotion of the Conservative Scheer attests to the trade union bureaucracy’s readiness to collaborate with the most right-wing forces.
Chilean railway workers walk out; strike vote by Vancouver BC transit workers
15 October 2019
Workers at Ferroarriles del Pacífico struck eight cities in Chile over wages while 3,200 transit workers in Vancouver have voted to authorize strike action after months of futile negotiations.
By Roger Jordan, 8 October 2019
CUPE has agreed to a sell-out contract that strengthens the hand of the Ford government as it presses forward with savage cuts to education, including dramatic class-size increases.
Public employees union blocks strike by 55,000 Ontario education workers
8 October 2019
A deal reached just before a midnight Sunday strike deadline by the Canadian Union of Public Employees ended the threat of a walkout by school support workers across the province that could have cancelled classes for up to 2 million students.
By Carl Bronski, 7 October 2019
The strike, involving workers at SaskPower, SaskTel, SaskWater, SaskEnergy, the Water Security Agency and two SaskTel subsidiaries, is the largest in Saskatchewan for decades.
By Louis Girard, 3 October 2019
While the government is making an example of the crane operators with the aim of intimidating workers into bowing before the anti-strike laws, the unions are deafeningly silent.
BC municipal workers authorize strike
1 October 2019
The threatened strike by municipal workers in Coldstream, British Columbia comes as 1,000 hotel workers are continuing their strike in Vancouver and 3,000 BC forestry workers remain on strike against Western Forest Products.
By our reporters, 30 September 2019
The scale of Friday’s protest attests to mounting popular anger at the failure of the world’s corporate-controlled governments to address this social and ecological crisis.
Argentine teachers set for national strike; Vancouver B.C. hotel workers walk out
24 September 2019
Argentine teachers have set a September 25 date for a nationwide strike to press wage demands while 1,000 hospitality workers in Vancouver, British Columbia have launched an indefinite strike
By Carl Bronski, 19 September 2019
Bitterly opposed to mobilizing tens of thousands of Canadian and striking US autoworkers in support of Nemak workers, Unifor has handed the initiative back to the company and the state.
By Roger Jordan, 16 September 2019
The Trudeau government is a pro-austerity, pro-war government that must be implacably opposed by the working class. But in doing so, it must lend no support to the reactionary intrigues of the Tories and their media allies.
By Félix Gauthier and Richard Dufour, 14 September 2019
Fightback’s miserable apologetics for the union bureaucracy goes hand in hand with its promotion of Quebec nationalism.
As union prepares sell-out of their struggle
By Carl Bronski, 13 September 2019
A court ruling is expected as soon as Friday on an order demanding the taking down of picket lines at the parts plant where workers walked out last week in defence of jobs.
By Roger Jordan, 11 September 2019
The unions are seeking to block a teachers strike, because they fear it could trigger a broader working-class challenge to the Ford government and the agenda of austerity.
By Jerry White, 11 September 2019
Just days before 158,000 US autoworkers face a contract deadline, GM workers in Korea and Mexico have entered the battle, underscoring the need to unify autoworkers across national borders.
By Carl Bronski, 6 September 2019
Unifor President Jerry Dias is again ramping up his anti-Mexican demagogy in an effort to divert the struggle by workers at parts maker Nemak who have blockaded the plant in an effort to defend their jobs.
By Louis Girard, 5 September 2019
The government’s regressive regulatory “reform” poses a serious threat to the safety of both the public and construction workers.
By Carl Bronski, 4 September 2019
The Unifor bureaucrats are terrified that the impending struggle of US Detroit Three workers could trigger a unified cross-border offensive by autoworkers.
Uruguayan health care workers strike, teachers poised to walk out in Washington state, British Columbia
27 August 2019
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By Roger Jordan and Carl Bronski, 24 August 2019
Unifor is spearheading a massive union drive to keep the big business, pro-austerity, pro-war Trudeau Liberal government in power.
By Carl Bronski, 23 August 2019
The role of the teacher unions has been to hand the initiative to the Ford government, allowing the Tories to unveil a sweeping assault on teachers’ wages and working conditions without their organizing any meaningful opposition.
“We are in a war with social injustice that cannot be reversed without an uprising”
By Marcus Day, 9 August 2019
An autoworker at a supplier factory for GM’s Oshawa Assembly Plant in Canada, which is set to close later this year, spoke to the WSWS about last week’s wildcat strikes.
By Carl Bronski, 7 August 2019
The short strike was organized by rank-and-file workers independently of the pro-company Unifor union, which spent the day telling workers to get back to work.
By Laurent Lafrance, 5 August 2019
The United Steelworkers and Quebec Federation of Labour systematically isolated the ABI workers’ militant anti-concessions struggle after an 18-month lockout.
Two-day strike by Peruvian doctors
23 July 2019
Doctors struck to press demands for increased funding for healthcare, salary increases and an end to supply shortages.
By Carl Bronski, 22 July 2019
The federal Conservative and Ontario Liberal governments handed $13.7 billion over to the auto bosses at General Motors and Chrysler, while extorting massive wage and benefit concessions from autoworkers.
By Jean LaChance, 17 July 2019
The USW is determined to isolate the forest workers and reach a rotten compromise with WFP management.
By Shannon Jones, 17 July 2019
The fight by nursing staff in Toledo, Ohio has important lessons for the overall fight in defense of healthcare as well as for autoworkers facing demands for more health givebacks.
Argentine bus drivers carry out one-day strike, judge orders fines for American Airlines workers over protest actions
16 July 2019
Bus drivers across Argentina carried out a one-day strike on July 11 to press wage demands.
By the Socialist Equality Party (Canada), 15 July 2019
To prevail in this fight, workers must break free of the trade unions and NDP, and unify their struggles in a global working-class counter-offensive against capitalist austerity and war.
18-month lockout at aluminum plant ends
By Laurent Lafrance, 11 July 2019
The unions isolated the workers at ABI and collaborated with the corporation to impose a defeat that will be used to attack working conditions throughout the industry.
Costa Rican public health workers strike over pay cut, government policies; truckers block highways
9 July 2019
Three Costa Rican public health unions began strike action July 4 against government policies while Costa Rican truckers blockaded highways over imposition of a value added tax.
By Keith Jones, 2 July 2019
The United Steelworkers Union has refused to make any public comment on Alcoa’s ultimatum, let alone coupled an emphatic call for it to be rejected with an appeal for workers across North America to come to the ABI workers’ defence.
By Will Morrow, 28 June 2019
A global restructuring is underway, with all the automakers relying on the trade unions to seek to suppress the seething and growing opposition of autoworkers.
By Laurent Lafrance, 27 June 2019
Having isolated the ABI workers and promoted the lie that Quebec’s right-wing premier would come to their aid, the union is now turning to Québec Solidaire to give it a “left” cover.
Whitewashing Canadian capitalism’s crimes:
By Roger Jordan and Keith Jones, 21 June 2019
The MMIW report shifts the blame for the oppression of the native people from Canadian capitalism and its state to a racist “colonialist” mindset and “white society.”
By Laurent Lafrance, 12 June 2019
Quebec Premier François Legault and his right-wing populist Coalition Avenir Québec (CAQ) government are on a collision course with the working class.
By Jerry White, 5 June 2019
Job cuts by the Australian telecommunications company Telstra are part of a wave of international layoffs that urgently point to the need for a globally coordinated response by the working class.
Mass demonstrations in defense of education in Brazil, Honduran educators and doctors strike
4 June 2019
Mass protests are continuing in Brazil against education cuts by the right-wing Bolsanaro administration while striking Honduran teachers and doctors held protests against privatization of healthcare and education.
By Roger Jordan, 28 May 2019
Despite a 98 percent strike vote by dock workers, the president of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union Canada called off the strike just hours before it was to begin.
Chilean professors call for strike, teachers in Honduras begin nationwide walkout
28 May 2019
Members of Chile’s College of Professors have set a June 3 strike date, meanwhile Honduran teachers declared a nationwide walkout over threats to privatize education.
Three-day strike by Mexican teachers against “education reforms”
21 May 2019
Last week teachers all across Mexico took part in strikes and protests to oppose continuing attacks on public education being overseen by the administration of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador.
Canada’s government uses bogus “foreign interference” claims to expand censorship ahead of federal election
By Penny Smith and Roger Jordan, 17 May 2019
The government’s reactionary campaign has the twin aims of legitimizing censorship of social media and whipping up hostility against Russia and China, which Canadian imperialism views as its most dangerous rivals.
By Richard Dufour, 15 May 2019
Québec Solidaire’s volte-face on discriminatory measures is to try to cover its tracks under conditions where it is increasingly being discredited as an accomplice of the far right.
One-day general strike in Colombia
30 April 2019
Workers mobilized in opposition to the National Development plan being proposed by President Ivan Duque that would mean significant attacks on workers.
By George Kirby, 26 April 2019
General Motors has received billions of dollars in government tax benefits over the past decade even as it continues to cut jobs and extract concessions from workers.
By Penny Smith, 26 April 2019
Ford’s thinly veiled threat to criminalize teachers’ strikes must be taken as a serious warning: emboldened by the unions’ complicity, the Tories are escalating their class-war assault.
Argentine newspaper and casino workers strike
23 April 2019
Workers at Clarín and sports daily Olé walked off the job April 17 over the firing of 56 of their colleagues while workers struck all Buenos Aires-area casinos for 48 hours over threatened closures.
Mexican teachers protest while DHL and Amazon pilots protest stalled talks
16 April 2019
Workers in a number of towns in Chiapas are protesting education “reforms” under the administration of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador while air cargo pilots protested outside Amazon’s offices in Florence, Kentucky.
By Laurent Lafrance, 12 April 2019
Legault’s pro-company bullying underscores the utter bankruptcy of the strategy of the USW, which has isolated the ABI workers while urging them to put their faith in appeals to Quebec right-wing CAQ government.
US independent trucker group calls for shutdown, protests in Argentina against austerity
9 April 2019
A group of US owner-operator truckers has set April 12 for a protest over rates and regulatory issues, while tens of thousands in Argentina marched to protest the Macri government’s anti-worker economic policies.
“We are the future. Give us what we need!”
By our reporters, 6 April 2019
The student-led initiative saw thousands rally across the province against the right-wing government of Doug Ford.
Ontario workers need an international socialist program to defend public education and fight austerity
By the Socialist Equality Party (Canada), 6 April 2019
If public education from kindergarten to university is to be defended, workers and students must launch a political struggle independently of the unions and in opposition to the entire political establishment.
By Frédéric Charlebois, 5 April 2019
The mandatory installation of automated sprinklers would save lives, but capitalist governments are loathe to diminish the profits of the construction industry.
By Roger Jordan, 2 April 2019
Revelations that the former justice minister secretly recorded a discussion with the country’s senior civil servant have intensified the Liberal government’s crisis.
Mexican paper workers strike, demand ousting of company union
2 April 2019
Paperworkers in the state of Tamaulipas struck March 29 to demand the expulsion of the Fasim union, which they accuse of siding with their employer, Absormex.
By Laurent Lafrance, 30 March 2019
It is the Steelworkers’ systematic isolation of the ABI aluminum workers’ anti-concessions struggle that has emboldened Alcoa to repeatedly escalate its demands.
By Shannon Jones, 30 March 2019
The global assault on auto jobs is continuing with the announcement by Fiat Chrysler that it is eliminating a full shift, 1,500 jobs, at its plant in Windsor, Ontario.
By Carl Bronski, 22 March 2019
Unifor will suspend its Save Oshawa GM publicity campaign on the basis of nothing more than the possibility of a slight adjustment in the plant’s closing schedule.
By Penny Smith, 16 March 2019
CP Rail is lobbying Transport Canada to abandon a new rule it introduced following last month’s derailment, calling it too "time-consuming."
Argentina: Patagonian teachers vote to strike
26 February 2019
Workers in the Patagonian province of Santa Cruz have voted to strike over pay increases and staffing shortages caused by the layoff of thousands of teachers.
By Riksen Stewart, 21 February 2019
The man’s death follows the city's decision to shut subway stations at night to prevent homeless people from sheltering inside during the cold.
Colombian teachers in 24-hour national strike over attacks on public education
19 February 2019
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Series of regional strikes hit Argentina
12 February 2019
As Unifor escalates racist anti-Mexico campaign
By Roger Jordan, 6 February 2019
Unifor’s near-total silence about the courageous struggle of the Matamoras workers is of a piece with their reactionary campaign attacking Mexican workers for GM’s job massacre.
Brazil service workers on strike, Ford workers end job action
29 January 2019
By Carl Bronski, 26 January 2019
Unifor President Dias has announced an anti-Mexican consumer boycott over the Oshawa closure as workers in Matamoros, Mexico, expand their struggle against sweatshop conditions.
Teachers protest in Venezuela, contract talks begin with US oil refiners
22 January 2019
Teachers in Venezuela participated in strikes and protests last week over pay, which is being decimated by hyperinflation; some 30,000 US oil refinery workers face a February 1 contract deadline.
By Laurent Lafrance, 18 January 2019
Having outlawed postal workers’ campaign of rotating strikes, the ruling class views the imposition of further concessions as crucial to their agenda of austerity and militarism.
Six-hour strike by Honduran public health workers over wage demand
15 January 2019
Following Oshawa GM sitdown protest, autoworkers fed poison of Canadian nationalism at Windsor rally
By Shannon Jones, 12 January 2019
Autoworkers attending a rally called by Unifor in Windsor, Ontario who were looking for a way to fight GM plant closures were instead hit with a strong dose of Canadian nationalism by union officials.