Canada

Fire Devastates Fort McMurray

Fire Devastates Fort McMurray

On the evening of May 3 the entire population of the city of Fort McMurray was ordered to leave as the ‘beast’ of an out-of-control wildfire swept towards it. 94,000 people fled their homes in a few short hours, from Fort McMurray and other nearby northern Alberta communities. Most people had a terrifying drive through […]

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Toronto Airport – workers mobilizing

Toronto Airport – workers mobilizing

 The following is an interview with Sean Smith, Mobilization Co-ordinator, UNIFOR 2002 and Representative, Toronto Airport Workers Council. Tim Heffernan (Socialist Alternative) is asking the questions. The interview was conducted in April 2016. Here is a useful background story from the Toronto Star, April 2015. TIM: Okay, so Sean, first question. Tell me about the […]

Quebec and fight for 15

Quebec and fight for 15

The fight for $15 shows true colours of Parti Québecois No to an all-class pro-independence alliance Bruno, Alternative Socialiste (CWI in Quebec) Despite a number of scandals and in the face of growing opposition to its politics of austerity, the Liberal Party of Quebec (Parti Liberal du Québec) retains first place in polls. Though the […]

The Servant State – McCormack & Workman

The Servant State – McCormack & Workman

“The Servant State – Overseeing Capital Accumulation in Canada” by Geoffrey McCormack and Thom Workman Fernwood Publishing, 2015 Reviewed by Tim Heffernan ————————————————————- The Servant State is a valuable book, useful for its analysis and wealth of data on the workings of Canadian capitalism from a Marxist perspective. As the authors admit, “the analytical standpoint […]

By May 6, 2016 Read More →

International

Brexit: Defeat for British and European Elites

Brexit: Defeat for British and European Elites

Britain:After the referendum Tories Out! General election now! Fight for a 24 hour general strike “The referendum result may well go down in history as the pitchfork moment”, declared the Financial Times (FT), wailing the anger and despair of Britain’s elite at the decision by the majority of voters in Britain to leave the European […]

US: Beyond Bernie, Still Not With Her

US: Beyond Bernie, Still Not With Her

Since the June 7 California primary, the historic upheaval that coalesced around Bernie Sanders’ campaign has continued to defy the demands of the political establishment, but has also increasingly turned into a search for the way forward. After a powerful, year-long mass campaign over the hostile terrain of a rigged primary, our political revolution is at […]

Orlando: Stand together against bigotry, war and terrorism

Orlando: Stand together against bigotry, war and terrorism

Orlando – massive wave of solidarity with LGBTQ community Working people have been horrified and deeply shocked by the mass killing of 49 people at a Latino gay nightclub on Saturday night in Orlando, Florida. Vigils, some attended by thousands, have been held around the US and internationally. LGBTQ people correctly see this as an […]

Greece:Victory for Athens bus cleaners

Greece:Victory for Athens bus cleaners

Strike action wins major concessions from contractors and bus administration After two rounds of strikes by Athens bus cleaners, a 15-day and an 8 day-strike, and a series of protests (outside the offices of their boss, the contractor Link Ap, the bus company administration, OSY, and the Ministry of Transport) OSY agreed, on Friday 3 […]

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Muhammad Ali and the Black Struggles of the 1960s

Muhammad Ali and the Black Struggles of the 1960s

The great Muhammad Ali unfortunately passed away on June 3, 2016.  He was admired not only as a world champion boxer, but as a fearless fighter against racism.  His willingness to risk his career, prestige, and wealth to take a stand against racism and the Vietnam War inspired African Americans and oppressed people all around […]

Class Struggle in France

Class Struggle in France

Fight against Valls/Hollande Government Intensifies Far from abating, the battle over France’s labour law reform has intensified. The Hollande-Valls government has said it will impose the changes. The main trade union federation has said it will fight to the end. Most of the country’s oil refineries are blocked, in spite of police attacks with tear-gas […]

Portugal:Lisbon dockers victory against precarious work

Portugal:Lisbon dockers victory against precarious work

Militant strike action blocks bosses attempts to undermine collective bargaining The Lisbon Dockers strike, which started in 20th of April, ended up with a significant victory to the Dockers! The agreement reached included 23 casualised workers in the collective contract, negotiate a new pay table and automatic career progression. They guaranteed that all the casual […]