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December 4, 2014 - No. 102

2014 Photo Review

All Out for People's Empowerment!


TML Daily 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 miners' 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 occasion. Workers' 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 interests.

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 empowerment of the people to have a say in the direction of the economy.

April 1-6
The Canadian Network on Cuba 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

April 4
Ontario workers hold monthly picket outside PC Leader Tim Hudak's office to oppose the austerity agenda championed by both the Liberals and PCs.

April 5
Monthly picket outside U.S. Embassy in Ottawa demands freedom for all the Cuban Five anti-terrorists, unjustly imprisoned in the U.S.

April 7

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 results are announced.

April 11
Injured workers 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.

http://www.cpcml.ca/OPF2014/OP0323.HTM#4   (Occupy WSIB)

April 12-14
Activists in 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 Sustainable."
Participants affirm the need for people's empowerment to defend the public interest against monopoly right.

Prince George

Forest policy analyst Anthony Britneff (left) and environmentalist Vicky Husband

  Leonard Thomas, Economic Development Officer, Nak'azdli First Nation (left);
  and Keith Akinson, Chief Executive Officer, First Nation Forestry Council.


April 16-18
The United 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" campaign
that emphasizes the need to continue the fight for health and safety today.

http://www.cpcml.ca/Tmld2014/D44049.htm#4   (Photos: USW)

April 22

Alberta health care and public sector workers hold noon-hour picket in defence of pensions outside Misercordia Hospital in Edmonton. 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.

April 23
Municipal workers in Montreal rally to defend pensions and to demand the
city negotiate 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.

April 23-26
Rallies and pickets against the Harper government's self-serving electoral reforms take place at MPs offices and other locations in cities across Canada.






http://www.cpcml.ca/Tmlw2014/W44017.HTM    (Photos: TML, LauraGr, T. Whitfield, M. Elizabeth)

April 28

Workers and their families mark the Day of Mourning for those killed,
injured or made sick on the job.











North Bay




http://www.cpcml.ca/OPF2014/OP0325.HTM#4; http://www.cpcml.ca/Tmld2014/D44053.htm#5  (Photos: TML, CUPE,
M. Laferriere, K. Jones, L. Livingstone, UFCW Locals 175 and 633; J. West; CLC; BC Federation of Labour

April 30
More than 1,200 members of four Ontario Public Service unions express their fighting unity 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.

http://www.cpcml.ca/OPF2014/OP0326.HTM#3   (Photos: TML, AMAPCEO, M. Lewycki)

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