By Rob Ashton
BC longshore workers stand in solidarity with striking Montreal Dock workers, April 27, 2021.
Rob Ashton is the President of The International Longshore and Warehouse Union Canada
We’ve been fairly successful in keeping COVID-19 off the waterfront. In the longshore industry we’ve been able to, from March to March, keep it to about 140 positive or presumptive cases out of 7,000 people. We have really good protocols in place on the waterfront that we’ve developed over the last year, most developed jointly, some by the union locals. Each local has their own protocols with the employers. If we do have a bit of an uptick, if someone tests positive, it gets squashed quickly because of the policies we have in place. We changed the way we do dispatch in a couple of the locals until the pandemic is over because we can’t all come into one place for dispatch now, so some locals went to an automated or phone dispatch. Everybody does the check-in at the start of the shift. There are cleaning crews at most sites, almost every shift, depending on the terminal. Continue reading
May Day Greetings Worker’s Centre of CPC(M-L)
The Workers’ Centre of the Communist Party of Canada (Marxist-Leninist) wishes everyone a very happy May Day. Across the country and all over the world, workers are getting together to highlight their own struggles and demands, take stock of the situation they face and how things stand, and make pledges of what they want to achieve in the coming year. Continue reading
Monument in Edmonton, Alberta
Westray Miners Memorial, Nova Scotia
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
On the occasion of the National Day of Mourning, April 28, the Workers’ Centre of the Communist Party of Canada (Marxist-Leninist) issued the statement, “The fight for lives is the fight for rights!”: Continue reading
No to Negation of Workers’ Rights!
April 12, 2019. CUPE health care workers rally in Fredericton in defence of the right to negotiate acceptable wages and working conditions.
On December 11, New Brunswick Premier Blaine Higgs informed officials of the Canadian Union of Public Employees New Brunswick at a meeting that his government is planning to impose a wage freeze followed by wage restraint on all the public sector workers in the province, unionized and non-unionized. This comes in the midst of the stresses and anxiety caused by pandemic working conditions. Already, for twelve years, New Brunswick workers have been fighting against wage freezes imposed by successive governments which have declared they have “wage restraint mandates.’ Continue reading
We are reposting five articles from Workers’ Forum on how five network companies – Uber, Lyft, Instacart, Postmates and DoorDash – legally denied network workers in California their status as workers. Hundreds of thousands of workers involved in the rideshare and package delivery industry have been declared non-workers in law. They did this using “Proposition 22,” which passed November 3. Its aim is to give the network companies the legal authority to get away with super-exploiting network workers with impunity.
The network companies operate internationally and they have combined forces in cartels and coalitions to push their narrow private interests, including their refusal to provide even a minimum wage or compensate their drivers for work done. Based on their achievement in California, they have now made it clear that they expect to extend these efforts. “Going forward, you’ll see us more loudly advocate for new laws like Prop 22,” Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi declared.
November 4, 2020. Demonstration by gig workers against Proposition 22. (B. Anderson)
• Imperialist Democracy on Ugly Display in California
• Corrupt Electoral Process to Ensure Government of Powerful Private Interests
• What It Means to Legally Deny Network Workers Their Status as Workers – K.C. Adams
• The Case for Voting “No” on CA Prop 22 (Excerpts)
• Most Ride-Hailing and Delivery Workers in San Francisco Not Eligible to Vote Continue reading
As we approach April 28, the National Day of Mourning for workers killed on the job, an even more sombre cloud will hang over us at this year’s ceremony as we remember all workers killed in the past year.
BY PETER PAGE, Hamilton District Injured Workers Group
Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, added to this year’s list will be the frontline workers who have put their lives on the line to make sure society does not come to a complete standstill. While doctors, nurses, EMS workers, firefighters and police are who we think of as the first line of defence, bus drivers, taxi drivers, truck drivers, personal support workers, social workers and people who work with the homeless are all potential victims to the COVID-19 virus. Even our grocery store workers or the person giving you your morning cup of coffee are also at risk of contracting the virus. There are many other unsung heroes too numerous to mention but they will not be forgotten as we gather on April 28 to remember those who have fallen during this time of crisis. Continue reading
Workers nationwide organize to uphold the rights of all | Workers’ Forum editorial, March 18, 2020
Workers’ Forum salutes all of Canada’s working people whose contribution makes life possible, especially under the conditions of all out mobilization to contain the coronavirus COVID-19. The immediate aim is to flatten the curve so that lives are saved and the health care system is not overwhelmed. Continue reading