Canada

BC Teachers’ Strike – Teachers’ working conditions are students’ learning conditions!

BC Teachers’ Strike – Teachers’ working conditions are students’ learning conditions!

On June 10, BC Teachers (BCTF) voted 86% in favour of a full strike. Will the Liberal government of British Columbia continue its long attack on public education and teachers or finally start to hold real negotiations? Up to now, the government has refused to address the real needs of children and has tried to provoke […]

Posted in: British Columbia, Work
Ontario Election 2014: All three parties failing workers: Unions need to prepare to fight Austerity

Ontario Election 2014: All three parties failing workers: Unions need to prepare to fight Austerity

For the last 11 years, Liberal governments have ruled Ontario. While Ontario has not been hit as hard as Europe and the US by the recession of 2008, it has had a major impact on jobs and living standards. Even prior to the recession, Ontario’s private manufacturing sector had started to decline and since the […]

Posted in: Canada, NDP, Ontario
The NDP – can it deliver social justice and environmental sustainability?

The NDP – can it deliver social justice and environmental sustainability?

Since winning a majority in the May 2011 federal election, the Conservative Party has continued its neo-liberal attacks. There is widespread opposition to these attacks. The New Democratic Party (NDP), the official opposition for the first time, has an historic opportunity to build a movement, based on campaigning around an alternative vision for society. If […]

Posted in: Canada, NDP
Québec elections: victory for the Liberal Party : A wind of reaction ?

Québec elections: victory for the Liberal Party : A wind of reaction ?

On April 7th 2014, the Québec Liberal Party (PLQ) won a majority government with 70 MPs elected (41.2 % of votes), despite widespread allegations corruption. The PLQ campaigned mainly on the claim of providing jobs and opposition to the PQ’s Charter. The Parti Québécois (PQ), who declared the elections from their minority government, thinking they would […]

Posted in: Canada, Quebec
Port of Vancouver Truckers’ Successful Strike

Port of Vancouver Truckers’ Successful Strike

For the last month, the main roads of Vancouver have been usually quiet as around 1,500 truck drivers who service the port of Vancouver have been on strike. On Thursday, March 28, after defying many threats, the drivers went back to work having won significant improvements in their working conditions. This strike was unusual as […]

Michael McDonell: Obituary

Michael McDonell: Obituary

On July 21 Michael McDonell, aged 24, tragically drowned. His death is a huge shock and loss to his family, friends and the struggle for a better world. Socialist Alternative extends our deepest sympathy to his family and his many friends. Michael had just graduated from Simon Fraser University (SFU) with flying colours and was […]

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Neoliberalism, Precarious Work, and Class Struggle
By August 30, 2013 Read More →

Neoliberalism, Precarious Work, and Class Struggle

Neoliberalism’s purpose is to shift the balance of money and power away from the working class and to the rich and their corporations. One of the strategies to achieve that goal is the weakening of the bargaining power and the working conditions of working people. Alongside the rise of automation, outsourcing, downsizing, and clawbacks of […]

Posted in: Canada, Economy, Work
BC Election 2013

BC Election 2013

On May 14 the New Democratic Party (NDP) achieved a stunning defeat in British Columbia’s provincial election, losing to the BC Liberals for the fourth time. It wasn’t supposed to be like this. Just over a year ago the Liberals were in free fall after choosing a new leader, Christy Clark, in 2011. They were […]

Posted in: British Columbia, NDP
How Safe are Canadian Banks?

How Safe are Canadian Banks?

In November 2011 Minister of Finance, Jim Flaherty, claimed that the Canadian banking system is the soundest in the world. However, Canadian banks received $billions in financial support from the government between 2008 and 2010 and the federal government has plans to deal with a banking failure. So really, how safe are Canadian banks? Since […]

Posted in: Canada, Economy
‘Idle No More’

‘Idle No More’

A new movement of Canada’s First Nations is mounting resistance to the Conservative government. Taking up crucial issues such as poverty on reserves and land rights, it also challenges the neo-liberal policies which threaten environmental destruction in pursuit of energy industry profits. THE IDLE NO MORE movement of First Nations is potentially the biggest challenge […]

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