December 4, 2014 - No. 102
2014 Photo Review
All Out for People's
is continuing its month by month photo review of actions carried out by
collectives of working people in 2014. In April, workers commemorated
those injured, killed
or made ill on the job, with the conviction that
workplace injuries, deaths and diseases can and must be ended. This
year marked the 40th anniversary of the Elliot Lake Uranium
strike, one of the first in the country waged over the right to safe
and healthy working conditions. A forum was held to commemorate the
fight for rights also continued on the front of justice for injured
workers and for security in retirement, to resist the attacks by
governments imposing neo-liberal austerity in the service of private
April 2014 also saw a Liberal majority government established in Quebec
and the escalation of the fight against its imposition of anti-social
measures with impunity.
At public forums in northern BC, participants took up the social
responsibility to find a new direction for the forest industry on which
many communities depend. In so doing they put on the agenda the
the people to have a say in the direction of the economy.
organizes a cross-Canada tour by
acclaimed Cuban musician Gerardo Alfonso Morejón, to build the links between the
peoples of Canada and Cuba.
Hamilton, April 1
Windsor, April 4
Vancouver, April 6
hold monthly picket outside PC Leader Tim Hudak's office to oppose the
austerity agenda championed by both the Liberals and PCs.
outside U.S. Embassy in Ottawa demands freedom for all the Cuban Five
anti-terrorists, unjustly imprisoned in the U.S.
The Ontario Health
Coalition organizes a referendum to stop the dismantling of community
hospitals and the transfer
of their services to private clinics. Nearly 56,000 people participate,
the vast majority voting against cuts and privatization. In London activists organize an action
outside Health Minister Deb Mathews office on April 7, the day the
hold picket outside the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board offices in
London, Ontario, demanding the provincial government rescind
anti-social changes to the compensation system for injured workers.
Northern BC hold highly successful
public forums on forestry, in Prince George, Mackenzie and Williams
Lake, under the banner
"Renewing Our Woods: Keeping Our Forests Public and
Participants affirm the need for people's empowerment to defend the
public interest against monopoly right.
Forest policy analyst Anthony Britneff (left) and
environmentalist Vicky Husband
Economic Development Officer, Nak'azdli First Nation (left);
and Keith Akinson, Chief Executive Officer, First Nation Forestry
Steelworkers organize a forum to mark 40th
anniversary of the
Elliot Lake, Ontario miners' strike over
health and safety conditions at the
uranium mines. The forum takes place in
the context of the Steelworkers'
"Stop the Killing, Enforce the Law"
to continue the fight for health and safety
http://www.cpcml.ca/Tmld2014/D44049.htm#4 (Photos: USW)
Alberta health care
public sector workers hold noon-hour picket in
defence of pensions outside
The action is part of workers' ongoing mobilization to defend the
right to security in retirement against the phony austerity agenda of
the provincial government.
Municipal workers in Montreal rally to defend pensions and to demand the
with them in good faith. Their fight is that of municipal
workers across Quebec against the Couillard government's Bill 3,
which promotes the capital-centred disinformation that workers' and
their pensions are an unsustainable cost to the society
that must be reduced or eliminated.
Rallies and pickets
against the Harper government's self-serving electoral reforms take
place at MPs offices and other locations in cities across Canada.
Workers and their
families mark the Day of Mourning for those killed,
injured or made sick on
More than 1,200
members of four Ontario Public Service unions express their fighting
against the Ontario government's austerity agenda in a joint rally at
Queen's Park. A pact for solidarity during negotiations is
announced "to protect public services in Ontario, ensure good jobs,
fair contracts, liveable wages and decent benefits for employees,
retirees and our families."
Bottom left, left to
right: ALOC President Sean Hanley; PEGO President Ping Wu, AMAPCEO
President Gary Gannage
and OPSEU President Warren "Smokey" Thomas.
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