December 26, 2018
2018 Photo Review
Taking Bold Stands in Defence
of the Rights of All and to
Make Canada a Zone for Peace
month-by-month 2018 Photo Review
by TML Daily of the struggles
waged by the working people of Canada and Quebec and the Indigenous
peoples continues with October.
October began with the conclusion of the Quebec election campaign. With
the Coalition Avenir Québec having won the most seats, all manner of
disinformation was pushed on working people to ascribe legitimacy to
and a mandate to do as it pleases in the name of
"making Quebec open for business," which in reality means waging the
anti-social offensive on behalf of the rich. Amidst this assault on
people's consciousness, the PMLQ took stock of its intervention in the
election and reaffirmed the necessity for the regular publication of
its newspaper Chantier politique
and broadening of its links with the people.
October 4, Sisters in Spirit vigils and other actions were held in
across Canada to honour the memory of the more than 4,000 missing and
murdered Indigenous women and girls. The vigils, held for the 13th
year, embodied the desire of working people to address concretely these
injustices and to establish new nation-to-nation relations based on
equality and mutual respect. At this
year's Parliament Hill vigil, the Families of Sisters
in Spirit read out the names of the 124 Indigenous women, girls and
two-spirited people who have been murdered or gone missing since the
Trudeau government came to power in 2015 with its promises to take
action to end the violence and establish a new relationship with
care workers across the country took important stands throughout
October in defence of their rights and for public health care in the
face of the neo-liberal anti-social offensive. In Nova Scotia, a day of
action highlighted the crisis situation in rural health care. At the
rallies, local physicians and health care professionals spoke. Some
identified the problem in the health care system that people who are
experts in their field, and who do the work and know the problems, do
not have the means to implement the solutions they propose. In the
Outaouais, nurses, licensed practical nurses and respiratory therapists
stepped up their actions -- including a march and a sit-in at the
Gatineau Hospital -- against their employer's demands for concessions
in negotiations to renew their collective agreement. Negotiations are
taking place under the conditions of the anti-social restructuring of
the health care system, instituted by the Couillard government through
Bill 10. In Ontario, a mass rally at Queen's Park put the Ford
government on notice that it must rebuild and restore health care
services, not further cut and privatize them.
October 22, postal workers across the country began rotating strikes
after negotiations with Canada Post failed to address the unsustainable
situation facing the workers. The workers have been in negotiations
throughout the year, justly calling for Canada Post to address the high
rate of debilitating injuries, the right of Rural and Suburban Mail
Carriers (RSMCs) to be paid for all hours worked, forced overtime, the
overburdening of letter carriers and the increasingly precarious
employment for inside workers. None of these were new issues -- they
date back at least to the 2011 lockout and strike.
Candidates, members and
friends of the Marxist-Leninist Party of Quebec (PMLQ), along with a
delegation from the Parti Changement intégrité pour notre Québec meet
at the PMLQ’s Montreal office on election day. PMLQ candidates
importance of the work the Party carried out during the election
through Chantier politique to
give workers a voice and stress the importance of the work continuing
now that the election is over.
Members and supporters
of the Quebec Network of Housing Committees and Tenants Associations
celebrate its 40th anniversary full of enthusiasm and determination,
born out of the defence of rights. Fighting under the banner "Housing
Is a Right," it is calling on the new Quebec government to take
concrete measures to realize this right.
(Photo: A. Querry)
Sisters in Spirit vigils
are held for the 13th year in more than 115 cities and communities
across Canada and Quebec. The vigils remember and honour Indigenous
women and girls who have been murdered or gone missing and demand an
end to the continuing violence.
Bathurst, New Brunswick
Whycocomagh, Nova Scotia
Manitoulin Island, Ontario
Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario
Anishinabek Nation, Ontario
North Battleford, Saskatchewan
Grand Prairie, Alberta
Prince George, BC
Whistler; Mission BC
Whitehorse, Yukon http://cpcml.ca/Tmlw2018/W48034.HTM#6 (Photos: TML,
L. Larter, Amnesty International, J. Barrera, K. Graczk, A.
Blanchard-Whi, Charlotte, L. Lanteigne, J. Hopkin, Anishinabek Nation,
Unifor, E. Vas, A. Grabish, E. Vas, E.V. Lee, A. Brown, J. Irwin, D.
Larivee, Now Media, Howe Sound Women's Centre, A. Joseph, L. Cabott,
Karihwakern, V. Fox, M. McCoy, M. Robinson)
support workers in Living Waters Catholic School District in Alberta sign
ends two-and-a-half years of bargaining and an 18-day
strike. By standing united with their communities, they are able to
achieve an agreement that provides for more stable, defined hours of
and a predictable, constant work year.
http://cpcml.ca/WF2018/WO0535.HTM#6 (Photos: AUPE)
Concrete mixer drivers
in Montreal hold a special general assembly where they reject the
proposed by their employer Demix Béton to deal with problems stemming
from a new computerized dispatch system, introduced without
consultation. The system regularly requires drivers to work over
hours a week and interferes with their ability to take needed breaks,
affecting their health and safety and endangering that of residents
living close to the worksites.
practical nurses and respiratory therapists from the Outaouais march to
demand improved working conditions. Among the employer's requests for
during the current round of local negotiations are
compulsory overtime, the abolition of a weekend off every two weeks and
the ability to change the work schedule with less than 48 hour's
Local 9700 representing the aluminum workers in Bécancour, Quebec,
locked out by ABI, holds a general membership meeting following the
mediator's announcement that negotiations between the union and ABI
have been suspended. The union then holds a press conference to report
that ABI has made additional demands for concessions on the pension
plan, short-term health insurance and union leave.
The Mikisew Cree Nation
holds a press conference in Edmonton following a Supreme
Court decision that the government has no duty to consult Indigenous
drafting legislation that may affect their treaty, constitutional, and
inherent rights. They vow to continue to defend their
sovereignty and rights. The Mikisew Cree First Nation court challenge
concerns the Harper government's 2012 omnibus
legislation which made sweeping changes to Canada's
environmental assessment regime, without Indigenous consent.
A day of action is held
across rural Nova Scotia to defend the right to public health care. The situation
in most rural areas has reached a crisis level, made worse after the
McNeil government announces the closure of two more hospitals.
activists picket in Edmonton as part of their ongoing work to make
factor for peace.
Members of the Union of
Care Professionals of the Outaouais hold a sit-in at the Gatineau
Hospital to express their dissatisfaction with their employer's demands
for concessions in negotiations to renew their collective agreement.
An Ontario-wide Day
of Action tells the Ford government to keep its hands off improvements made to
labour law in the Fair Workplaces,
Better Jobs Act, 2017.
Community college faculty join in with actions at all community
colleges to mark the one-year anniversary of
their strike, emphasizing the demand that pay
equity for contract faculty not be eliminated.
Georgian College, Barrie
George Brown College, Toronto
Toronto, Ministry of Labour
University of Toronto
Parkdale Neighbourhood, Toronto
York University, Toronto
Sault College, Sault Ste. Marie
(Photos: Workers' Forum, $15 & Fairness, OPSEU College Faculty, USW
District 6, YUGSA, M. Holden)
Northern BC sawmill
workers begin rotating strikes, with a picket line at Tolko's Lakeview
Lumber in Williams Lake, to force the Council on Northern Interior
Forest Employment Relations to withdraw its demands for concessions.
These include provocatively low wage increases over a long contract
period and the introduction of two-tier wages.
(With files from USW Local 1-2017, Williams
Lake Tribune and Prince George Citizen)
Public sector workers
demonstrate outside the Quebec National Assembly
demanding the Legault government make major new investments in services
after years of cuts. The
event takes place as the Confederation of National Trade Unions (CSN)
holds a consultation
forum on the next round of public sector bargaining. The workers
testify to the significant deterioration of their working
conditions and the serious impact on patients' health care services.
(Chantier politique. Photos: CSN)
Monthly pickets in
Montreal, as well as Ottawa and Vancouver, demand the U.S. end its
illegal blockade of Cuba.
Montreal's Sacré-Coeur Hospital calls on the employer to stop stalling
and negotiate an agreement which improves working conditions.
Postal workers begin
rotating strikes across the country after negotiations to address major
of the workers, in particular on health and safety, overtime and pay
equity break down, due to Canada Post's intransigence. Workers in
Windsor and Halifax are the first to go on strike.
RSMCs in Nova Scotia
South Central Sorting Plant, Toronto; Carrier Super Depot, Etobicoke
Lower Mainland, BC
Sooke, BC; Duncan, BC
WF, CUPW, CUPW Pacific, R. Barron, M. Keefe)
Thousands converge at
Queen's Park in Toronto for a mass rally to demand the Ontario Ford
government rebuild and restore health care services, not further cut
and privatize. Broad participation from front line health care workers
and people from across the province confirms that Ontarians are united
in their defence of the public health care system and their right to
health care. Ontario has downsized and cut its public hospitals for
decades and currently has the lowest public hospital funding in the
Emergency actions take place across Ontario to oppose the Ford
government's anti-worker Bill 47, the Making
Ontario Open for Business Act. The bill rolls back improvements
workers won with changes to labour legislation in 2017. Among other
things, it freezes the minimum wage at $14 per hour, repeals equal pay
provisions for part-time and casual workers and makes union organizing
more difficult. It will also do away with the Ontario College of
Trades, and replace it with a new model for regulation of skilled
trades and apprenticeships.
Brock University, St. Catharines
Workers at Canfor's
Prince George sawmill and chip plant in Northern BC take part in the
rotating strikes to force
represented by the Council on Northern Interior Forest Employment
Relations to withdraw their demands
Quebec Liquor Board workers stage unannounced strike action in response
to disciplinary measures undertaken by the Board against union members'
tactics in various outlets to draw attention to their just demands. It
is part of the workers' ongoing fight to oppose precarious working conditions
and for wages corresponding to a modern standard.
Postal workers across
the country continue rotating strikes for a
second week as Canada Post continues to refuse to negotiate on the
Saint John, New Brunswick
Durham East, Ontario
Sudbury; Chelmsford, Ontario
Espanola; Garson, Ontario
Wikwemkoong; Innisfil, Ontario
Tri-Town (Cobalt, Haileybury, New
Saskatchewan Federation of Labour Convention, Regina
Red Deer, Alberta
North Fraser, BC
Pacific Region Educational Conference, Harrison Hot Springs, BC
(Photos: CUPW, CUPW Montreal Local,
Building trades workers
hold a spirited rally at the Alberta Legislature in Edmonton. The
action denounces the current anti-worker labour
that deprive building trades workers and their unions of the right to
organize and take job actions to win terms of employment
acceptable to them.
Pickets at the U.S.
Consulate in Toronto and the U.S. Embassy in Ottawa on the eve of the
UN vote on the Cuban resolution calling for the U.S. to end its illegal
blockade of Cuba. The resolution would be passed with an overwhelming
vote in favour for the 27th year.
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