By Penny Smith, 29 January 2019
The disproportionately high death rate from opioids among construction workers underscores the precarious working conditions facing tens of thousands of workers in an industry that has produced multi-million dollar profits for real estate developers and property speculators.
“Capitalism should be toppled in my opinion”
By our reporters, 28 January 2019
Around 2,000 students marched from Yonge-Dundas square to the provincial legislature at Queens Park to oppose the gutting of financial assistance for college and university students by Premier Doug Ford’s right-wing Tory government.
By Carl Bronski, 26 January 2019
Unifor President Dias has announced an anti-Mexican consumer boycott over the Oshawa closure as workers in Matamoros, Mexico, expand their struggle against sweatshop conditions.
By Bill Van Auken, 25 January 2019
Secretary of State Pompeo is to speak to the UN Security Council Saturday on Venezuela, a patent propaganda gesture aimed at preparing intervention.
By Keith Jones, 25 January 2019
Justin Trudeau, presiding over what has been hailed as the most diverse cabinet in Canadian history, has signed on to Washington’s coup plot against Venezuela.
By Roger Jordan, 24 January 2019
Outraged students have called a rally in Toronto tomorrow to protest the gutting of student aid—the latest volley in the Ford government’s war on the working class.
By Roger Jordan, 19 January 2019
The Canadian government feels it can act so provocatively because its demonization of China is part of a broader offensive against Beijing led by US imperialism.
By Laurent Lafrance, 18 January 2019
Having outlawed postal workers’ campaign of rotating strikes, the ruling class views the imposition of further concessions as crucial to their agenda of austerity and militarism.
By Laurent Lafrance, 16 January 2019
The Steelworkers’ systematic isolation of the ABI workers’ struggle has emboldened the aluminum smelter’s majority shareholder, Alcoa, to escalate its demands.
Following Oshawa GM sitdown protest, autoworkers fed poison of Canadian nationalism at Windsor rally
By Shannon Jones, 12 January 2019
Autoworkers attending a rally called by Unifor in Windsor, Ontario who were looking for a way to fight GM plant closures were instead hit with a strong dose of Canadian nationalism by union officials.
Unite Canadian, US and Mexican autoworkers!
By the WSWS Autoworker Newsletter, 11 January 2019
Unifor cannot be pressured or reformed. Workers must take the struggle to stop the plant closures into their own hands.
By Roger Jordan, 10 January 2019
Unifor distanced itself from the rank-and-file-initiated protest, which lasted five hours during the Tuesday evening shift and two hours on Wednesday morning.
By Roger Jordan, 9 January 2019
Although Ottawa has been a key partner in Washington’s confrontation with Beijing, ruling circles want Trudeau to go even further and ban Huawei from Canada’s 5G network.
As one-year anniversary of lockout approaches
By Laurent Lafrance, 4 January 2019
The United Steelworkers’ systematic isolation of the ABI workers’ anti-concessions struggle has encouraged management to escalate its takeaway demands.
By Keith Jones, 31 December 2018
Just weeks after the 2008 financial crash, Canada’s Conservative government used the arbitrary powers of the unelected governor-general to shut down parliament and prevent its defeat in a no-confidence vote.
By Louis Girard, 29 December 2018
The criminalization of the postal workers’ strike campaign and the impending imposition of concessionary contracts constitute an attack on the entire working class.
By Carl Bronski, 22 December 2018
For decades, Unifor and the UAW have pitted workers against each other, helping the automakers to whip-saw jobs, wages, pensions and benefits back and forth across borders in a never-ending race to the bottom.
By Carl Bronski, 20 December 2018
The attack on the power workers comes just three weeks after the federal Liberal government outlawed a campaign of rotating strikes against Canada Post.
By Roger Jordan, 19 December 2018
The Globe and Mail and National Post have welcomed the increased tensions with China that the arrest of the Huawei CFO has provoked.
By Penny Smith, 15 December 2018
The industrial tragedy in Leduc is just one among many fatal incidents that occur at worksites across Canada on a daily basis. In 2016, more than 900 workers died on the job.
By Nick Beams, 14 December 2018
An Australian Financial Review report details an “unprecedented campaign” by the members of the network to prevent Huawei supplying equipment for their next-generation wireless networks.
By Nick Beams, 13 December 2018
Trump’s first major public comment on the arrest of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou has blown apart the pretence it had nothing to do with the US trade war against China.
By Peter Symonds, 13 December 2018
Meng Wanzhou’s detention is part of a broader US campaign, under both the Obama and Trump administrations, aimed at undermining Huawei and other Chinese tech companies.
By Peter Symonds, 10 December 2018
The highly provocative actions of the US are part of the Trump administration’s wider campaign to prevent Chinese corporate giants from challenging American technological supremacy.
By Roger Jordan, 10 December 2018
At the express instructions of the federal Attorney-General, the Crown is arguing Meng Wanzhuo must remain in captivity pending the adjudication of her extradition to the US.
By Roger Jordan, 4 December 2018
The further escalation of the state assault on postal workers underscores that to oppose precarious employment, unsafe working conditions and declining real wages they and the working class as a whole must mount a political struggle.
By our reporters, 1 December 2018
The steelworkers union has systematically isolated the struggle of the 1,030 locked-out ABI workers, while signaling its willingness to impose concessions and job cuts.
By Laurent Lafrance, 1 December 2018
Flanked by other supporters of the Steelworker bureaucracy, Dominic Lemieux, the assistant to the Quebec USW director, accosted and slandered WSWS supporters.
By Will Morrow, 1 December 2018
The broad support for a united struggle by workers contrasts with the efforts by the UAW and Unifor to fan the flames of nationalism.
By Penny Smith, 29 November 2018
Greyhound, North America’s largest transportation provider, has ceased services across Western Canada after operating there without interruption for nearly a century.
By Carl Bronski, 28 November 2018
After Oshawa GM workers walked out, Unifor officials ordered them back to work and sought to divert opposition with appeals to Trudeau and Trump for tariffs against Mexico.
By Roger Jordan and Keith Jones, 27 November 2018
The Liberal legislation illegalizing Canada Post workers’ campaign of rotating walkouts is only the latest in a battery of laws that have largely abolished the right-to-strike in Canada.
By Roger Jordan, 24 November 2018
Working people across Canada must come to the defence of the 50,000 Canada Post workers whose struggle is now being criminalized by the Liberal government.
SEP (Canada) to hold Montreal meeting on “Leon Trotsky, the Lessons of History, and the Struggle for Socialism Today”
24 November 2018
The SEP (Canada) is holding a meeting in Montreal on Wednesday, November 28, as part of events worldwide to mark 80 Years of the Fourth International.
By Keith Jones, 23 November 2018
If postal workers have been ambushed by the government, it is because CUPW has sought to blind them to the threat of a Liberal back-to-work law, while limiting and isolating their struggle.
By Keith Jones, 20 November 2018
While Canada Post mounts one provocation after another and the Liberals ready strikebreaking legislation, CUPW continues to straitjacket postal workers’ struggle.
By Roger Jordan and Keith Jones, 17 November 2018
A government source told Canadian Press Friday evening that state intervention against postal workers could come as early as Sunday, adding, in a reference to Trudeau’s earlier threat, “‘all the options’ does include legislating.”
By Keith Jones, 14 November 2018
The CUPW’s silence must be taken as a warning that the union is preparing to bow before the government and torpedo the strike just as did it in 2011.
By Laurent Lafrance, 13 November 2018
USW leaders have repeatedly proclaimed their readiness to make major concessions, and are now signaling they will collaborate with Alcoa in slashing jobs.
By Roger Jordan, 10 November 2018
The union leadership has done everything to limit postal workers’ job action, isolating it from the rest of the working class and allowing the government to go on the offensive.
By Laurent Lafrance, 8 November 2018
The CAQ’s “secular charter” is an attempt to incite Quebec chauvinism so as to divide the working class.
By Roger Jordan, 7 November 2018
The Trudeau Liberal government’s anti-refugee policy is emboldening reaction, including outright fascist forces.
By our reporters, 2 November 2018
The union’s rotating strike strategy is designed to dissipate workers’ energy, curtail Canada Post’s profits as little as possible, and avoid confrontation with the trade union-supported Liberal government.
To cheers from big business
By Keith Jones, 31 October 2018
In an applause-punctuated address to the Ontario Economic Summit, Ontario Premier Doug Ford made clear his government is bracing for mass working class opposition.
By Roger Jordan, 29 October 2018
Ottawa’s muted response to Khashoggi’s murder has been aimed not just at upholding the arms deal, but also strengthening Canada’s predatory partnership with Washington.
By our reporters, 26 October 2018
The CUPW leadership is holding workers on a tight leash, with the aim of preventing a clash with the big business Liberal government.
By Keith Jones, 23 October 2018
Due to privatization, speed-up, service cuts and the shift to parcel delivery, postal workers have experienced a huge erosion in their living standards and working conditions.
By Laurent Lafrance, 20 October 2018
Confident that the Steelworkers union will continue to leave the ABI workers to fight alone, the aluminum bosses have repeatedly upped their concession demands.
By Laurent Lafrance, 15 October 2018
After decades of suppressing working class opposition to Liberal and PQ-led austerity governments, the unions are now offering their services to François Legault and his right-wing populist CAQ government.
Part 4: The SEP, the unions and the pseudo-left
By Carl Bronski and Roger Jordan, 12 October 2018
To defeat the social counter-revolution spearheaded by Ford, workers need to build new organizations of struggle in political and organizational opposition to the pro-capitalist unions and NDP.
PART ONE | PART TWO | PART THREE | PART FOUR
Part 3: The 1997 Ontario teachers’ strike
By Carl Bronski and Roger Jordan, 10 October 2018
The unions scuttled the province-wide teachers’ strike not because of any lack of rank-and-file or public support, but because they feared that the teachers’ defiance would spark a wider working-class challenge to the Harris government.
By the Socialist Equality Party (Canada), 9 October 2018
It is the official “left” has created the conditions for right-wing populist forces to come to power exploiting popular disaffection with the traditional big business parties.
Part 2: Unions work to diffuse swelling working-class opposition
By Carl Bronski and Roger Jordan, 8 October 2018
By organizing a series of regional “days of action” in smaller cities, the union bureaucracy sought to allow workers to let off steam, while pledging to uphold Harris’ “constitutional mandate” to govern.
Toronto International Film Festival 2018: Part 4
Damien Chazelle’s First Man: Reduced in space—and opera singer Maria Callas, the Afghanistan war, small-town America
By Joanne Laurier, 8 October 2018
Damien Chazelle’s First Man—which opens in the US October 12—focuses on US astronaut Neil Armstrong and his role in Apollo 11, the first manned mission to the moon.
Part 1: The significance of Harris’ “Common Sense Revolution”
By Carl Bronski and Roger Jordan, 6 October 2018
Workers entering struggle against Doug Ford’s class-war assault must draw a political balance sheet of the last mass movement against an Ontario Conservative government and its strangling by the unions.
By Keith Jones, 3 October 2018
Media claims of a swing right on the part of working people are belied by the major social struggles that have roiled Quebec since 2012.
By Roger Jordan, 2 October 2018
The revised trade pact forges a US-led North American protectionist trade bloc in preparation for economic and military conflict with Washington’s global rivals, above all China.
Toronto International Film Festival 2018: Part 2
Capernaum, Screwdriver, Rosie, The Public and Black 47: Socially critical films from the Middle East, Ireland and the US
By Joanne Laurier, 1 October 2018
Film writers and directors live in this world too. There must be those who reject upper-middle class triviality and self-involvement.
By our reporters, 29 September 2018
The rise in support for the pseudo-left, pro-independence Québec Solidaire is a distorted expression of the growth of anti-austerity and anti-capitalist sentiment, especially among youth.
Toronto International Film Festival 2018: Part 1
By David Walsh, 28 September 2018
The recent Toronto International Film Festival screened some 340 films (including 255 features) from 74 countries.
By Roger Jordan, 21 September 2018
Wednesday’s ruling was carefully crafted to diffuse the political crisis, underscoring the judiciary’s role as an implacable and highly conscious defender of the capitalist order.
By Laurent Lafrance, 18 September 2018
The CAQ is able to posture as the “party of change” only because the unions have derailed a series of explosive social struggles against big business’ austerity agenda.
By Roger Jordan, 15 September 2018
While stoking reactionary Canadian nationalism and boasting of their role as official government advisers during the NAFTA talks, leading union bureaucrats are pulling out all the stops to prevent an eruption of class struggle.
By Roger Jordan, 12 September 2018
The vow of Ontario’s right-wing premier to nullify democratic rights in order to push through his big business agenda must serve as a warning to the working class.
By Laurent Lafrance, 6 September 2018
Alcoa has forced 1,500 workers at five facilities in Western Australia out on strike, even as it issues fresh threats against workers at its Bécancour, Quebec, aluminum smelter who have been locked out since January.
By Félix Gauthier, 5 September 2018
A growing section of the Canadian establishment is turning to the anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant chauvinism that Maxime Bernier articulates explicitly.
By Nick Beams, 1 September 2018
Trump warned that if Canada did not agree to US terms “the easiest thing we can do is tariff their cars coming in,” a threat which he repeated in remarks yesterday.
By Louis Girard, 1 September 2018
Québec Solidaire’s readiness to bargain with, and potentially prop up, a CAQ government illustrates how quickly this pseudo-left party is turning to the right.
By Felix Gauthier, 30 August 2018
Presented as an act of humanitarian charity, Canada’s intervention in Mali is aimed at laying claim to huge swathes of Africa’s mineral riches.
By Félix Gauthier, 24 August 2018
The entire history of the PQ shows it to be a faithful and ruthless defender of the interests of the Quebec bourgeoisie.
By Laurent Lafrance and Roger Jordan, 22 August 2018
While posturing as a friend of refugees, the Trudeau government has deported thousands of desperate asylum-seekers trying to flee Trump’s vicious crackdown on immigrants.
By Laurent Lafrance, 17 August 2018
With Quebec’s provincial election just weeks away, opinion polls continue to show the big business, pro-independence PQ facing an unprecedented electoral debacle.
By Roger Jordan, 11 August 2018
The events of the past week notwithstanding, Canada—as attested by its $15 billion arms deal with Riyadh—is a staunch ally of the absolutist Saudi regime.
By Roger Jordan, 4 August 2018
The Ford government has vowed to bring forward a plan to make welfare “sustainable” by further reducing benefits and restricting eligibility.
As lockout at Quebec smelter nears eighth month,
By Laurent Lafrance, 31 July 2018
The Steelworkers union is systematically isolating the ABI workers' struggle, even as the aluminum bosses escalate their concession demands.
By Laurent Lafrance, 28 July 2018
The Conservatives' xenophobic campaign is aimed at diverting attention away from their big business agenda and whipping up racism and chauvinism to divide the working class.
By Jake Silver, 27 July 2018
The union, which in late June offered to voluntarily submit "major outstanding issues" to arbitration, immediately complied with the legislation.
By Roger Jordan, 23 July 2018
Trudeau’s new commitments have failed to satiate the ruling elite’s appetite for rearmament and a further militarization of Canadian foreign policy.
By Roger Jordan, 10 July 2018
Employing the rhetoric of Trump and the European far right Doug Ford is accusing refugees of imperiling Ontarian’s access to housing and social support.
By Roger Jordan, 4 July 2018
Ottawa is waging trade war not to defend workers and their livelihoods, but to protect the markets and profits of Canadian big business.
By Laurent Lafrance, 30 June 2018
The Quebec Liberal government intervened aggressively against the strike, threatening to prosecute strikers and demanding the unions suppress it.
By Roger Jordan, 23 June 2018
As a down payment on its plans to slash public services, Ontario’s incoming Conservative government has imposed a public sector hiring freeze.
By Roger Jordan, 13 June 2018
The collapse of last weekend’s G7 summit into acrimony and recrimination has thrown the Canada-US alliance into unprecedented crisis.
By Laurent Lafrance, 12 June 2018
The workers are determined to resist ABI’s concessions demands. But the Steelworkers union is adamantly opposed to making their struggle a rallying point for opposition to the big business assault on jobs, wages and working conditions.
“We live in police states, but people don’t realize it”
By our reporters, 11 June 2018
The massive military-style deployment in Quebec’s capital underscores that Canada’s ruling elite, like those of its G-7 allies, is intent on criminalizing social opposition.
By Keith Jones, 9 June 2018
Ontario’s Ford-led Conservative government will quickly come into headlong conflict with the working class, as the ruling elite uses it to push politics across Canada far to the right.
“I’m not Bob Rae”
By Roger Jordan and Keith Jones, 7 June 2018
With her absurd claim that the anti-worker policies pursued by the only ever Ontario NDP government were an aberration, Horwath is seeking to conceal the fact that social democratic governments the world over have played a key role in enforcing capitalist austerity.
By Louis Girard, 6 June 2018
Canada’s Liberal government is mounting a massive police-military “security” operation around the G7 Summit, which takes place this Friday and Saturday in a small municipality 150 kilometers east of Quebec City.
By Keith Jones, 5 June 2018
The Star’s endorsement signals that an important faction of Canada’s ruling elite now believes an NDP-led Ontario government will be the best means to suppress the class struggle, while boosting the “competitiveness” of big business.
By Roger Jordan, 1 June 2018
Under conditions of a global resurgence of the class struggle, Klein has intervened in the Ontario election campaign to try to refurbish the NDP’s tattered “left” credentials and resuscitate illusions in the failed national-reformist perspective.
By Keith Jones, 31 May 2018
The Teamsters have provided no details of the proposed four-year agreement, let alone given the striking train drivers and conductors the opportunity to study and vote on it prior to forcing them back to work.
By Roger Jordan, 30 May 2018
The strike pits the CP Rail workers not just against a ruthless corporate giant, but also against Canada’s big business Liberal government, which stands poised to criminalize the strike.
By Shannon Jones, 25 May 2018
Casino workers courageously defied the Unifor union, which has isolated the seven-week walkout and tried to starve the 2,300 workers into submission.
By Roger Jordan, 23 May 2018
The unions and pseudo-left are touting the NDP platform’s meagre social spending promises as a bold “left turn” and a return to the party’s social-democratic roots.
By Roger Jordan, 19 May 2018
The right-wing populist Doug Ford has, thus far, been the principal beneficiary of the popular anger against Ontario’s trade union-backed, big business Liberal government.
By Louis Girard, 12 May 2018
“Nurses on the Move” banned the WSWS reporters because it feared their exposure of the unions’ role in suppressing opposition to austerity would win wide support.
By Louis Girard, 12 May 2018
By Roger Jordan, 9 May 2018
The Liberals’ anti-strike bill underscores that in their fight against poverty wages and precarious employment, York contract faculty and graduate assistants face a political struggle.
By Carl Bronski, 5 May 2018
The rejection of the original sellout that Unifor attempted to foist on Lear Ajax workers is a reflection of a growing movement of auto workers.
By Laurent Lafrance, 2 May 2018
The Trudeau government is fully behind Washington’s efforts to construct an anti-Iranian alliance with Israel and Saudi Arabia.