April 29, 2017 - No. 15
All Out for May Day 2017!
• Achievements of Workers' Movement Over the
and Social Environment
• People's Climate March and Earth Day Marches
May Day Salute to the Workers of All Lands!
Unite to defend the rights of all and
Led by the working class struggle for emancipation and
nation-building on a new
historical basis, the working and oppressed people all over the world
are in action to defend
their rights and open a path to society's progress. The Communist Party
(Marxist-Leninist) sends revolutionary greetings to the workers of all
lands on this May Day
May First 2017 is especially auspicious because it
the year of the centenary of the Great October Socialist
Revolution in Russia and the beginning of the first sustained
nation-building project of the modern working class. The historic
victory in depriving the imperialist bourgeoisie of Russia of its
power to wage war and deprive the Russian working class and
peasantry of their rights for land, peace and bread, and their
own nation-building project still inspires the working people
because they know It can be done!
May Day finds the working
class in North America engaged in
struggles throughout the continent to defend its rights and
organize to build the new. The working class of Mexico, Canada
and the United States has an important role to play in defeating
the U.S.-led Fortress North America and opening a path forward to
the elimination of U.S. imperialist global aggression, occupation
U.S. imperialism has emerged as the most dangerous
with military bases throughout the world waging war against the
peoples, depriving them of their sovereign right to be, and
threatening nuclear annihilation of those who resist. The working
class of North America is charged with a special responsibility
to deprive the U.S. imperialists and their flunkeys in Mexico and
Canada of their power to wage war. The working class is
determined to make Mexico, Canada and the U.S. zones of peace and
beacons of hope and progress for the world instead of war
criminal states spreading global death, destruction and
In Canada, the working class
is striving to defend its rights
and working and living conditions. It upholds its aim of
emancipation through strengthening its independent politics and
the building of its own political headquarters, media and all
manner of institutions. The determination of the working class to
defend its rights at work and throughout society is matched with
its aim and resolve to bring the new into being as a necessary
step towards emancipation.
Striking workers from CEZinc in Quebec are joined by Hamilton Local
1005 steelworkers and Toronto steelworkers to say "No" to the attacks
on their pensions at a picket outside the
Noranda Income Fund's annual general meeting in Toronto, April 28, 2017.
CPC(M-L) hails all those sections of the Canadian and
working class engaged in combat including workers in forestry,
mining, other industrial and manufacturing sectors, the service
industry and public sector, and steelworkers at Stelco, Algoma
Steel and CEZinc who have launched the militant slogan: No
For the working class to affirm its rights and
equilibrium in relations of production, which must include the
right to determine its wages, benefits, pensions and working
conditions, it must have the power to say No!
No! to the ruling
oligarchs who are throwing in the
mud the just expectations of the working class for security while
working and in retirement.
No! to the use of dictate, arbitrariness and
powers to defraud the workers of the pensions and benefits that
belong to them by right.
No! to the denial of the right to employment
continued existence of the anti-worker labour market, which
should already be consigned to the museum of hated antiquities
alongside the slave market.
No! to the anti-social offensive and its
of social programs, privatizations and constant downward pressure
on Canadian standard wages and living conditions.
No! to death and injuries at work and workers
fend for themselves.
No! to paying the rich!
No! to predatory and imperialist war!
No! to rulers who refuse to be held to account
ruled and instead hide behind the fraud of disinformation, cartel
party politics and a discredited political and electoral system
that needs democratic renewal.
The determination of working people to defend and
rights of all and build the new is unyielding. Their No Means
The working class and its
political headquarters and
institutions declare that they will not bow down to the negation
of their rights. They are determined to forge a new direction for
the economy and politics that serves working people and society,
guarantees the rights of all and opens a path towards
emancipation. The working class and its allies will find a way
forward to a new form of governing through laws where people are
guaranteed the rights they hold by virtue of being human and can
elect their peers so that the rulers and the ruled become one and
each can hold the other to account for their actions.
The current ruling imperialist elite have proven
unfit to rule. Their wars of aggression, constant attacks on the
rights of all and refusal to solve the problems of the economy
and political system reveal to one and all their incapacity to
govern. The self-serving narrow aim of the oligarchs to serve
their private interests and empire building is unsustainable. The
socialized economy requires forms of cooperation with a broad aim
to serve the well-being of the people and general interests of
society. The working people need empowerment and democratic
renewal to sort out problems in politics, the economy, and their
relations at work and generally in society.
In a similar spirit to the heroic Russian workers and
peasants who one hundred years ago smashed through the barriers
of imperialist war and repression to build the new, the Mexican,
Canadian and American working class will not rest until it brings
into being nation building projects of their own making suitable
for the twenty-first century.
On this May First 2017, the working class declares with
utmost conviction that its rights are inviolable and the time is
overdue to organize to deprive the ruling imperialist elite of
their power to deprive the people of their right to decide and
control all those affairs that affect their lives.
All out for empowerment, democratic renewal and an
Long live May Day, a day the international working
affirms boldly and publicly its determination and central
decisive role to defend the rights of all and build the new!
Over the Past Year
TML Weekly is publishing on the occasion of May
a photo review
highlighting the struggles of the working people of Canada and Quebec
since May Day 2016.
May Day is a time to carry out summation of the achievements of the
workers' movement in
the past year and set goals for what it seeks to achieve in the coming
The review highlights some of the many organized actions
the workers in Canada and
Quebec over the past year to defend their rights and turn the situation
around in their favour.
The actions of the workers and people to affirm their rights and the
rights and well-being of
all are a vivid reminder of why the task of nation-building falls on
the workers today.
So too, one of the achievements of the workers' movement
sustained publication of Workers' Forum by the Workers' Centre
of CPC(M-L) to
smash the silence on the
workers' living and working conditions and report on their struggles
against the anti-social
offensive and to open society's path to progress. The non-Party
workers' press has also made
headway, seen in the regular publication of Justice for Injured
Workers produced by
the workers themselves in defence of their rights, as well as many
union and other
TML Weekly salutes the working people on the
May Day 2017 and sends
its best wishes for militant and successful actions on May 1 and in the
year to come.
May Day rally in support of locked out MANA steelworkers in Hamilton,
May 1, 2016.
Aerospace manufacturing workers participate in May Day 2016 in Montreal.
Autoworkers and allies rally in Windsor May 12, 2016, to oppose
neo-liberal free trade outside Liberal government's consultations on
Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade agreement.
Hamilton Steelworkers' press conference July 14, 2016, demands a public
inquiry into U.S. Steel's phony backruptcy protection scheme
under the Companies' Creditors
Steelworkers from Local 1005 USW continue to picket the fraudulent CCAA
hearings, photo shows July 27, 2016, action.
On July 29, 2016, United Steelworkers
1005 celebrates 70 years of continuous resistance in defence of
Local 1005 Steelworkers distribute 70th anniversary issue of Information Update in downtown
Hamilton as part of regular work to inform the community about their
fight for the workers,
retirees and steel industry.
On September 30, 2016, workers from Grimsby, Welland and Brantford
converge at gates of
Max Aicher North American plant in Hamilton in response to
USW Local 1005's call for
solidarity with locked-out workers.
Stelco steelworkers, retirees, salaried
employees, and supporters hold "Hands Off Our
Pensions Rally" at Ontario MPP Ted McMeekin's office in Waterdown on
November 25, 2016.
Hamilton steelworkers hold lively rally January 13, 2017, to defend
pensions and express their determination to hold the
Wynne/Trudeau Liberal governments to account.
Steelworkers at Samuel et Fils in Laval
picket the plant February 12, 2017, after taking strike action to stop
attacks on their pension plans.
Workers at CEZinc refinery in Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, striking to
attacks on their pension plans, rally February 12, 2017.
Steelworkers' locals from U.S. Steel and Essar Steel Algoma hold a
press conference February 27, 2017, in Sault Ste Marie where they
determination to resist the
unjust and dictatorial "Wild West" of the Companies' Creditors
Striking workers at CEZinc in
Salaberry-de-Valleyfield participate in a
meeting March 8, 2017, as part of stepping up actions in defence of
their rights in the face of
the company's demands for anti-worker
USW Local 1005 and allies picket outside of
Creek MP Bob Bratina's
office March 2, 2017, to raise public awareness
of the role of
the Companies' Creditors
Arrangement Act in
what is theirs by right.
Four hundred striking CEZinc workers and their allies demonstrate in
on March 29, 2017,
joined by steelworkers from Samuel and Son --
themselves on strike
February 4, others from Ciment Lafarge and a contingent of workers
Copper Smelter in Rouyn-Noranda.
Striking workers from CEZinc refinery in Salaberry-de-Valleyfield,
Quebec, are joined by steelworkers from Hamilton and Toronto and other
allies in protest at the Noranda Income
Fund's (NIF) Annual General Meeting in Toronto April 28, 2017. NIF owns
Mobilization by Quebec workers leads to September 19, 2016,
reinstatement of a mineworker suspended for defending the health
and safety of miners at IAMGOLD mine in Pressiac, Quebec.
November 17, 2016
March 30, 2017
Construction workers participate in May Day 2016 in Montreal.
November 17, 2016
A successful tour across Central
and Northern BC is organized by the Stand Up for the North Committee to
solutions for the problems facing the forestry industry and the
communities that depend on it. Meetings take place in Prince George
Mackenzie, Williams Lake and Fort St. James from March
Residents of Lac-Mégantic on July 10, 2016, mark third
of the train derailment and
explosion, reiterating their demand for genuine rail safety measures
and that the rail line
carrying dangerous goods be rerouted outside their
community. Rail workers across the
country continue their fight for
the safety of workers and passengers to ensure there are
no more Lac-Mégantics.
Toronto arbitration hearing, September
16, 2016, forces Air
Canada to reinstate 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.
Striking workers at the Port of Montreal join October 15, 2016, action
demanding changes to
labour laws that favour the workers, including
a higher minimum wage.
A demonstration is held October 21, 2016, outside an event at
Ritz-Carlton in Montreal
promoting the Comprehensive Economic
and Trade Agreement signed with the European Union.
Maritime workers and allies march to the Transport Canada offices in
November 3, 2016, denouncing the Liberal government's signing
Economic and Trade Agreement with the European Union (top). Stewart, BC
Convoy of hundreds of
trucks converges on National Assembly in Quebec City on
November 19, 2016, as Quebec
truckers affirm their
dignity and rights.
Demonstration in Hamilton November 24, 2016, against privatizing public
Hydro One, marks the 110th
anniversary of the 1906 Amalgamated Transit
in that city for public transit.
Vigorous day of action by maritime workers January
12, 2017, demands
government defend maritime jobs threatened by the
neo-liberal free trade agreement with Europe. Actions take
place in Victoria (photo above), Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal.
Transportation workers in Vancouver rally February 23, 2017, against
plans to privatize sea and airports and dismantle
cabotage, and denounce its endorsement of
the Canada Transportation
Act review which advocates deregulation and privatization to
control of maritime, air, rail and truck
transport systems to the global oligopolies.
rally in Montreal in defence of their rights,
August 6, 2016, during contract
negotiations with Canada Post.
Calgary postal workers and supporters picket September 17, 2016, in
office and in opposition to the Liberal government's "Mandate Review"
of the Post
through which they are attacking workers' rights.
Postal workers demonstrate at Laval West depot April 6, 2017,
expressing outrage over
Canada Post's unilateral changes to working conditions of letter
carriers in urban areas.
Municipal workers rally against Quebec Bill 110 dictating public sector
working conditions, in Quebec City, May 12, 2016.
Public service workers hold coast-to-coast day of action on June 8,
the face of attacks on sick leave and right to negotiate. Photo above
Ontario public sector workers oppose
privatization of public assets at
Labour Day 2016 in Toronto.
Public sector workers rally in Winnipeg, September 2016,
to oppose ending of grain shipments from the Port of Churchill. Pickets
also take place in Churchill.
Montreal blue collar workers protest Couillard Liberal government's
anti-worker Bill 110,
October 17, 2016, at a government press conference.
October 27, 2016
Federal public service workers'
demonstrations across the country October
31, 2016, include a
large rally at the Prime Minister's Office in Ottawa (photo above).
Workers protest the Liberal government's refusal to negotiate a new
collective agreement and its failure to resolve the
tens of thousands of unpaid or underpaid workers.
Workers at the Blue Water Bridge in Point Edward, near Sarnia, Ontario
hold a strike rally November 27, 2016, to reject major concessions on
benefits, pensions, maternity and parental leave, hours of work and
Mass mobilization of workers, residents and families
September 12, 2016, to defend public
seniors care on BC's Sunshine Coast.
Rally February 3, 2017, at the Points West Living Alberta corporate
demands the company lift the lockout of its employees in Cold Lake and
stop attacking their wages and working conditions and the living
conditions of the seniors in their care.
Striking Quebec paramedics demonstrate in Montreal March 16, 2017. The
one of three,
with others held at the National Assembly in Quebec City and in
New Richmond in Gaspésie.
The actions are part of a strike of nearly
dispatchers and support staff in the pre-hospital
sector in Quebec.
Rally in Vancouver October 20, 2016,
opposes firing of all members of the Vancouver
School Board for refusing to make cuts required to implement "balanced
November 24, 2016
Teachers and education workers, supported
by parents and students, take to the streets in
Halifax December 5, 2016, to
reject government threats to impose collective agreements
teachers' working conditions and students' learning conditions.
Nova Scotia government is forced to back down from threats to impose
agreements on teachers and large rallies are held in Halifax, Yarmouth
(photo above) and Antigonish on
December 6, 2016, reiterating the demand: Negotiate, Don't Dictate!
Teachers and education workers hold the first
province-wide strike action in the history of Nova Scotia on February
17, 2017 in defence of public education and to protest the Liberal
government's decision to legislate contracts. Photo shows teachers
provincial legislature in Halifax that day.
Defend the Rights of All Working People
Defence of the rights of migrant workers and precarious workers at May
Day 2016 in Toronto (above) and Edmonton.
Rally on Ontario Injured Workers' Day, June 1, 2016, demands justice
for injured workers.
September 15, 2016
Mass rally on October 1, 2016, at Ontario Legislature demands changes
labour law that
favour workers, particularly those forced into
Historic Harvesting Freedom Caravan concludes 1,500 kilometre
journey from Southern Ontario
to Ottawa demanding justice for migrant
farmworkers with a rally in Ottawa, October 6, 2016.
March in Montreal October 15, 2016,
higher minimum wage and improvement of
working conditions of
precariously employed workers.
The Ontario Network of Injured Workers' Groups holds its 25th Annual
Christmas rally in
Toronto December 12, 2016, and demands the government investigate the
Picket actions were also held in Thunder Bay and Windsor.
February 21, 2017 press conference in Baie-Comeau on Quebec's North
campaign to eliminate the "black hole," the period between the end of
unemployed workers' employment insurance benefits (EI) and when they
return to work, where they are left without income. Pictured, left to
right are: Nelson Breton, Métallos; Julie Brassard, Mouvement
Action-Chômage Charlevoix; Claude Guimond, Le Conseil national
des chômeurs et chômeuses;
Yvon Payeur, Confédération des syndicats nationaux; Line
Sirois, Action-Chômage Haute-Côte-Nord; and Jack Picard.
Our Security Lies in the Fight for the Rights of All!
Protests in Ottawa June 29, 2016,
against the summit of "North
American Leaders," reject
plans of the governments of Canada, the U.S.
and Mexico to exploit the land, resources and labour of those three
countries in the service of North American oligopolies and embroil the
peoples of North America in imperialist war preparations.
Onkwehonwe (Indigenous people) lead thousands in spirited opening march
of World Social Forum in Montreal on August 9, 2016.
Edmonton Walk for Water, September 11,
2016, in support of the
courageous resistance of the Standing Rock Sioux to the building of the
Dakota Access Pipeline.
Sisters in Spirit vigils across the country October 4, 2016 continue
demand for justice for missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls
and condemn the Trudeau government's failure to uphold the rights of
Indigenous peoples. Above photo from vigil on Parliament steps in
Students from 58 colleges and universities in 36 cities hold actions
November 2, 2016, to
demand the elimination of tuition fees and affirm that education is a
right. Photo above is
from action in Halifax.
Protest in Drummondville, November 4, 2016, against passing of Bill 106
further monopoly plunder of Quebec's natural resources.
Actions organized November 7-9, 2016, by social organizations from many
sectors in Quebec
call for an end to the neo-liberal austerity agenda and re-investment
Above photo is from action in Quebec City.
An emergency rally is held in Vancouver November 29, 2016, following
government's approval of the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion.
Vancouver activists hold 100th weekly picket January 31, 2017, to
demand the repeal of
Bill C-51, the Anti-Terrorism Act,
Sister marches to Women's March on Washington take place in cities
across Canada on
January 21, 2017 as mass resistance in the U.S., Canada and around the
world sets the tone
for the Trump presidency. Women affirm their rights and their place in
the front ranks
of the fight for the rights of all. Above photo from march in Calgary.
Demonstrations are held in Ottawa (above) as well as Toronto and
January 30, 2017, against assault on rights imposed with President
Trump's travel and refugee ban.
Beginning January 30 in dozens of communities from coast to coast to
gathered to pay their respects and offer their sincere condolences to
the victims of the
January 29, 2017, shootings in Quebec City, their families and the
Vigil above takes place in Whitehorse.
Marches across Canada on February 14, 2017 reaffirmed the demand for
justice for missing
and murdered Indigenous women and girls and denounced the paternalism
of the Trudeau government's treatment of Indigenous peoples'
hereditary, treaty and constitutional rights. Pictured is Women's
Memorial March in Vancouver.
Militant mass actions in Canada marking
International Women's Day affirm that women are determined to
renew their resistance and plant the flag of women's rights. Photo
Toronto, March 11, 2017.
Picket in Windsor March 18, 2017, marks the 14th anniversary of
criminal U.S. invasion of
Iraq with the demand for an end to U.S.-led
wars of terror.
Canadians from all walks of life oppose the U.S. missile attack on
Syria and Canada's support
for U.S. aims of regime change and war. Photo of Ottawa protest April
All Out to Defend and Humanize the
People's Climate March and
Earth Day Marches for Science
The second People's Climate
March is taking place in Washington, DC on Saturday, April
29 at the National Mall, blocks from the White House. Tens of thousands
are expected to
attend, highlighting the deep concern of the people over climate change
and their demand for
deep-going transformations to avert the dangers it poses and defend the
The march organizers note that April 29 will mark the
day of the U.S. Trump
administration and that the action will "show the world and our leaders
that we will resist
attacks on our people, our communities and our planet." In that regard,
denounce the fact that not only has the Trump administration dropped
the pretense of previous
U.S. administrations of acting to combat climate change and protect
people from its effects, it
has begun to reverse what environmental protections did exist. This
includes budget cuts of
around 31 per cent from the Environmental Protection Agency and an
revoking various measures of the previous U.S. President's "Clean Power
Plan" as well as
promises to continue the previous administration's program of expanding
U.S. domestic oil
and gas production.
On Earth Day, April 22 more than 600 March for Science events were held
around the world
followed by a week of actions. According to estimates, several hundred
participated. Eighteen rallies were held in Canada with thousands of
participants. The day of
action began with a march in Washington, DC and spread to other cities
Earth Day March for Science in Washington, DC (J. Shore)
The marches were a
"celebration of science" but also highlighted "the very real role that
science plays in each of our lives and the need to respect and
encourage research that gives us
insight into the world," organizers said. In response to questions
about whether scientists
should involve themselves in politics, the March for Science website
noted, "In the face of an
alarming trend toward discrediting scientific consensus and restricting
scientific discovery, we
might ask instead: can we afford not to speak out in its defense?"
March for Science
organizers argued, "The best way to ensure science
will influence policy is
to encourage people to appreciate and engage with science." They noted
that the application
of science is essential to protecting "the health of our communities,
the safety of our families,
the education of our children, the foundation of our economy and jobs,
and the future we all
want to live in and preserve for coming generations. We speak up now
because all of these
values are currently at risk. When science is threatened, so is the
society that scientists uphold
and protect." Organizers also stressed the need to affirm science as a
The March outlined the following principles:
- science that serves the common good;
- evidenced-based policy and regulations in the public interest;
- cutting-edge science education;
- diversity and inclusion in [science, technology, engineering and
- open, honest science and inclusive public outreach;
- funding for scientific research and its applications.
Earth Day Marches for Science
Latin America and
St. George's University, Grenada
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Mexico City, Mexico
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Cape Town, South Africa
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