Workers speak about their concerns | PIERRE CHENIER*
The $82 billion aid package for Canadians announced by the Trudeau government on March 18, to cope with the COVID-19 pandemic, includes $27 billion for direct supports to Canadians. Some of the measures concern Employment Insurance (EI) and it is already clear that they are inadequate. Continue reading
Our Security Lies in the Fight to Defend the Rights of All | TML Weekly
This past week the federal government made a series of announcements which it says are aimed at coping with the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic. Government ministers have repeatedly stated that their aim is not perfection but speed and asked for the cooperation of the public, if implementation does not go smoothly. Overall, an impression is created that the government has everything under control and Canadians can rest assured they are being looked after. Continue reading
Federal government marches further into dead end of nation-wrecking. The working class is determined to affirm its right to build the new! Report from WORKERS’ FORUM
Transport Canada has announced another $2.1 billion of state funds for the Trade and Transportation Corridors Initiative to serve the global oligopolies and their control of the Canadian and international economy.
A Ministry press release on July 4 states the Trade and Transportation Corridors Initiative is “[to] build stronger, more efficient transportation corridors to international markets…. Canadian businesses will be able to better compete, grow and create even more jobs well into the future.” Continue reading
Renewal Update (September 18) – A debate said to be on the economy with three party leaders was hosted last night by the Globe and Mail. It is one of several debates for the 2015 election, all organized by private interests. If an informed electorate is the bedrock of democracy as is often claimed then, on a scale of one to ten, the debate didn’t even hit the charts. If the debates define the election issues and provide the framework for how the people are to participate as the ruling circles and their monopoly media like to repeat, then we have only the say so of the political parties themselves and their particular champions amongst the media. They are the ones telling us who “won” the debate and why. As one pundit put it – it was not the voters. We concur. The voters are no more in charge of their economy as a result of the debate than they were before it took place. Continue reading
Interview by TML Daily with Yannick Proulx, President, Regional Council, Quebec Workers’ Federation, Bas-Saint-Laurent-Gaspésie-Iles-de-la-Madeleine
Residents of Percé on the Gaspésie protest the EI reform. Their banner condemns the “black hole” seasonal workers suffer, the period when these workers are without an income from EI or their jobs.
TML: Tell us about the work of the Regional Council at this time.
Yannick Proulx: In our region, the question of employment is a crucial one and our situation is complex. The situation with regards to Employment Insurance (EI) for example, is a source of great insecurity. The Harper government’s reform is aimed at seasonal industries and these are of utmost importance to our region in the forestry industry, tourism and fisheries. Continue reading
AS ACROSS Canada and around the world, MAY DAY 2013, the international day of working class unity and struggle, was celebrated in Halifax with the 7th annual rally and march, beginning at 5:00 pm at Grand Parade. In a province where a social democratic government upholds monopoly right and abdicates its social responsibility to uphold public right, workers’ slogans and demands held the federal and provincial governments and monopolies to account. Continue reading
Six of ten workers do not receive EI benefits. A high number of claims are being rejected.
STATISTIC CANADA’S latest survey of workers across the country receiving Employment Insurance (EI) is for December 2012. In that month, across Canada, the number of workers receiving regular EI benefits fell for the third time in four months, down 8,300 (-1.6 per cent) to 517,000. According to Statistics Canada, the number of unemployed workers in January 2013 – one month later – was 1,322,800. This means that roughly 39 per cent of the unemployed workers in Canada receive EI benefits. Continue reading
HALIFAX (December 18, 1999) – IN JULY 1992, the federal government imposed a so-called five-year moratorium on the catching of groundfish species – cod, flounder, haddock, etc – within the 200-mile limit off Canada’s east coast. The moratorium was renewed indefinitely. For appearances’ sake, an “annual review” was mandated for 1997. The last seven years of the groundfish moratorium in the east coast fishery have been seen to be an unprecedented attack on the position of working people in this industry. Continue reading