May Day 2015: All out for people’s empowerment! All out to defeat Harper in 2015!

May First, Day of International Working Class Solidarity and Struggle

Communist Party of Canada (Marxist-Leninist) – PDF

On this important occasion of May First — the Day of International Working Class Unity and Struggle, the Communist Party of Canada (Marxist-Leninist) sends its revolutionary greetings to the workers and oppressed people of all lands who are fighting for their rights and in particular the right to chart their own destiny without imperialist interference.

CPC(M-L) salutes the working people in Canada and Quebec and the Indigenous nations for their courageous and determined fight for their rights and resistance to nation-wrecking and the anti-social austerity agenda. Through their spirited and unrelenting actions, workers are standing against the destruction of the country’s manufacturing base, public services and social infrastructure, and the attacks on workers’ rights, wages, benefits and pensions.

The neo-liberal wrecking of everything in the public realm is drawing broader sections of the Canadian people into action, compelling them to build a pro-social alternative. Far from being daunted by the neo-liberal restructuring of the state to facilitate monopoly capital’s exploitation of workers and crush the people’s demands for change, working people are stepping up their resistance.

Thousands upon thousands are in action to stop the Harper government’s Bill C-51, anti-terror legislation, which criminalizes the people’s struggles and, equating monopoly right with national security, brands all who fight for their rights as threats to “national security.”

The resistance to the nation-wrecking of the Conservative government and the demand for change is seen in the militant stand of the public sector workers who by virtue of defending their own rights in the delivery of public services are insisting upon a society that takes care of the well-being of all its members.

It is seen in the forceful claim of the First Nations for recognition of their sovereignty and right to a say and control over the way Mother Earth is treated and her bounty distributed. It is seen in the movement against the oil monopolies’ pipeline projects and disregard for the natural environment and the annexation of Canada into the United States of North American Monopolies.

The working class and its allies are repudiating Harper’s war government, which along with the U.S. and other imperialist powers threatens to plunge the peoples into a devastating world war. The people will not allow pro-war parties to dominate our public discourse and institutions.

This May Day, taking place as the 2015 federal election draws closer, comes as the working people are getting into action behind the call to Defeat Harper in 2015!

The content of the call to “Defeat Harper” is to end nation-wrecking which can only be done by providing society with modern political mechanisms, with a modern constitution, with a change in the direction of the economy and with independence. By leading this work for renewal workers can empower not only themselves but the entire polity and open society’s path to progress.

In the fight for democratic renewal, the importance of establishing social forms such as Committees for People’s Empowerment cannot be underestimated. Those social forms provide a means to ensure the unity of the people under conditions where reactionary forces use the mass media and disinformation to sow doubt about the people’s capacity to fight, smash the people’s ability to think and plan coherently, and disorganize any opposition.

The work taken up through Renewal Update to publicize the views, thinking, analyses, outlook and actions of the people is crucial to enable people to make headway in empowering themselves.

On the basis of pushing the independent politics of the working class, the people can intervene in the upcoming elections in a manner that achieves an outcome that favours them. This begins by ensuring a minority government and to demand a new pro-social direction for the economy and for Canada to get out of NATO and NORAD and to bring Canada’s armed forces home.

On the occasion of May First 2015 let us step up the work for people’s empowerment and for an anti-war government!

Workers and Oppressed Peoples of the World, Unite!
Our Security Lies in the Fight for the Rights of All!
Organize for People’s Empowerment!
All Out to Defeat Harper in 2015!
Write for and Expand the Readership of Renewal Update!

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Photo Review from TML Daily, May 1, 2015

May 1, 2014 to May 1, 2015

Manufacturing

Rally on May Day in support of locked out steelworkers at Max Aicher North America in Hamilton.

Protest outside Ministry of Labour office in Hamilton, June 20, 2014, to support locked out Max Aicher workers and oppose the Ontario government’s refusal to defend the public interest.

Local 1005 steelworkers (U.S. Steel) at Labour Day 2014.


Local 1005 press conference to oppose U.S. Steel Canada’s phoney bankruptcy proceedings, September 18, 2014.

Striking Bombardier workers who build transit vehicles demonstrate outside TTC headquarters in Toronto, August 12, 2014.
Thunder Bay rally, August 25, 2014 supports striking Bombardier workers.


Workers at Crown Holdings in Toronto, which makes beverage cans, on strike since September 2013.

Construction


Workers from Quebec’s North Shore demand hiring of workers in the regions, Sept-Iles, June 20, 2014.

Forestry

  Two thousand workers demonstrate in Shawinigan, September 27, 2014 against Resolute Forest Products’ closure of its Laurentide Mill.

Papier Masson retirees in Gatineau, Quebec demonstrate against the company’s theft of their pensions, August 4, 2014.

Demonstration in Baie Comeau, December 1, 2014, against Resolute Forest Products closures and the inaction of the Quebec government.

Transportation


CP Rail workers hold nationwide strike in February against concessions that threaten rail safety.

The Seafarers International Union of Canada launched their campaign to defeat the neo-liberal CETA free trade agreement with the European Union and the Harper government.

Postal Workers




Postal workers and their allies the public post office and door-to-door delivery.

Public Sector



Federal public service workers are holding actions on the 19th of every month to defeat the Harper government’s anti-social offensive. Actions started February 19 and continue to October 19.

The Public Service Alliance of Canada, at its 17th National Triennial Convention in Quebec City, April 25-May 1, 2015, vows to defeat the Harper government.


Nuclear scientists hold information picket at Chalk River on September 9, 2014 to oppose destruction of Canada’s public nuclear industry.



Alberta public sector workers have been very active to oppose anti-worker Bills 45 and 46, as well as other legislation attacking pensions. Shown here, May Day 2014 rallly at Alberta Legislature.


Ontario public servants, shown here at Labour Day 2014 in Toronto, held their first ever strike vote earlier that year to oppose demands for concessions and attacks on the most vulnerable.



Municipal workers across Quebec hold militant actions to denounce attacks on their pensions and their right to collective bargaining, especially through the Couillard government’s Bill 3.


Demonstrations all across Quebec, October 31, 2014 against the government’s austerity agenda and in defence of public services.



Quebec child care workers hold one-day strike October 20, 2014, to back their demands in negotiations with the government.



Fifty-thousand people demonstrate in Quebec November 9, 2014 to condemn the Couillard government’s offensive against family services.

Health Care


Health care workers from coast to coast hold third annual National Day of Action for Refugee Health Care, June 16, 2014.



Health care workers demonstrate daily at Nova Scotia legislature in Halifax against anti-labour Bill 1, Health Authorities Act, September 29, to October 3, 2014.


Quebec health care workers demonstrate against anti-social restructuring through Bill 10.


Alberta health care workers hold pickets to demand the Health Minister order their employer to negotiate in good faith.

Information picket against contracting out at the Shepherd’s Care Foundation Millwoods site in Edmonton.


Ontario health care workers and many others in action at rally to save local hospitals, Toronto, November 21, 2014.

Education





BC teachers hold rotating strikes as part of the fight to defend their rights and stand up for public education in the face of the government’s refusal to negotiate a settlement.


Ontario elementary teachers prepare for challenging negotiations at August 11-13, 2014 Annual General Meeting.


Windsor University Faculty Association defeat the university’s attempt to impose terms and conditions, October 2014, and negotiate a new contract for its members.


Strikes by graduate students at the University of Toronto and York University defeat the administrations’ attempts to impose poverty working conditions.

Injured Workers



Ontario Network of Injured Workers holds annual rally outside the Toronto offices of the Ministry of Labour on December 8, 2014 to demand justice and their rights.




Ontario Network of Injured Workers Groups holds its 31st annual Injured Workers’ Day Rally at Queen’s Park in Toronto, June 1, 2014.



National Day of Mourning for Workers Killed or Injured on the Job marked in Quebec City, part of actions across the country on April 28, 2015.

Migrant Workers





Mass actions to defend the rights of migrant workers were held across Canada, June 19, 2014. Shown here, the action at the Calgary office of Jason Kenney, then Minister of Employment and Social Development.

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