December 28, 2016
2016 Photo Review
All Out for Democratic Renewal!
TML Daily's month by month photo review of actions
carried out by workers and their allies in 2016 continues with
Workers used the occasion of Labour Day to celebrate their essential
role in society and put forward their concerns and demands. Main themes
included support for workers engaged in fights to defend their rights
and livelihoods; the role of workers in fighting for the rights of all;
opposition to privatization and dismantling of social programs and
public services; for wages and working conditions commensurate with the
work people do; justice for injured workers; and opposition to war and
attacks on rights.
September also saw vigorous Take Back the Night actions affirming
women's right to fully participate in the life of society and walk the
streets day or night without fear. They held governments to account for
refusing to guarantee these rights and creating a situation in which
women are treated as fair game.
Workers showed their vigilance and unity in the face of employers'
attacks on working class leaders involved in organizing and defending
their fellow workers and the most vulnerable sections of the class. Air
Canada workers successfully defended two workers from being
criminalized and unjustly terminated for developing the workers'
independent politics. So too Quebec miners in Pressiac succeeded in
having one of their own reinstated after he was suspended for doing his
work in the field of health and safety with integrity. Also in
September, migrant farm workers undertook a 1,500-kilometre caravan
from southwestern Ontario to Ottawa to build support for the fight for
their rights and inform everyone of the vital work they perform in the
The need for Canada to have a sovereign, self-reliant economy under the
control of the actual producers was underscored yet again. A rally in
support of locked-out steelworkers at the plant owned by German
monopoly Max Aicher North America (MANA) in Hamilton demanded an end to
the use of scabs, while public sector workers in Winnipeg rallied to
oppose plans to end grain shipping from the Port of Churchill,
Labour Day 2016 -- Fighting for the Rights
of All! Workers across the country defend their living and working
conditions and call for governments to
take measures that favour working people.
Workers' Centre of CPC(M-L) holds vigorous
discussion on policy of the Trudeau government towards the workers'
Edmonton Walk for Water in support of the
courageous resistance of the Standing Rock Sioux to the building of the
Dakota Access Pipeline.
September 12 and 14
Pierre Chénier of the Party's
Centre holds discussion with worker activists in Barrie and Windsor.
Barrie, September 12
Windsor, September 14
September 12 and 19
Mass mobilizations defend public seniors'
care on BC's Sunshine Coast
Sunshine Coast, September
Sechelt, September 19
Take Back the Night marches across Canada
and Quebec demand to end to violence against women
and women's oppression.
Sault Ste Marie,
Toronto, September 16
Ottawa, September 22
Kenora, September 22
Toronto arbitration hearing forces Air
Canada to reinstate the editor of New
Horizons bulletin for in-flight workers and another flight
attendant. The workers had been arbitrarily fired for speaking out
about their working conditions and problems facing Air Canada workers.
Calgary postal workers and supporters
in support of public post office.
The mobilization of Quebec workers leads to
the reinstatement of a mineworker suspended for his defence of the health
and safety of miners at the IAMGOLD mine in Pressiac, Quebec.
Public sector workers rally in Churchill
and Winnipeg, Manitoba to oppose the ending of grain shipments from the
Port of Churchill.
Picket in Port of Churchill
The historic Harvesting Freedom Caravan
Ontario Food Terminal in Toronto as part of its journey to Ottawa to
The gates of the Max Aicher North American
(MANA) plant in Hamilton are a wall of flags as workers from Grimsby,
Welland and Brantford respond to
USW Local 1005's call for solidarity with locked-out MANA
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