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How Ontario won $15 Minimum Wage

How Ontario won $15 Minimum Wage

In May, the Ontario government, to the surprise of many, announced its plan to introduce a $15 an hour minimum wage, beginning with $14 in January 2017 and reaching the full $15 the following year. Given that the existing minimum is $11.75 and that the implementation time to a full 15 is one of the […]

Posted in: Canada, Ontario, Work
Socialists Spearhead Victory on $15 in Minneapolis

Socialists Spearhead Victory on $15 in Minneapolis

Minneapolis is getting a raise, and becoming the first Midwestern city to enact a $15 an hour minimum wage. The proposal will benefit 71,000 workers, overwhelmingly women and workers of color. Winning $15 in Minneapolis shows another way cities can push back against Trump’s corporate-backed agenda. In three short years, the fight for $15 in […]

Posted in: US, Work
Québec: 175,000 Construction Workers Strike

Québec: 175,000 Construction Workers Strike

After a week of the strike, the Québec Liberals legislated the workers back to work. Engineers employed by the province also had been on strike for three weeks. An open-ended general strike all across Québec began in the construction industry on Wednesday. The main issues in the dispute are about work schedules and overtime. Workers […]

Posted in: Canada, Quebec, Work
Where are Trudeau’s Sunny Ways?

Where are Trudeau’s Sunny Ways?

Justin Trudeau took power in October 2016 adopting the mantra of sunny ways. After more than a year, how has he done? If he was a figure skater his performance might score high on style, but considerably lower on content/substance. Or as a young friend put it, “The smile is a change from before but […]

Posted in: Canada, Work
Lea Roback, woman of struggle

Lea Roback, woman of struggle

Quebecois militant, trade unionist, socialist and feminist pioneer Lea Roback was born in Montreal in 1903 of Jewish immigrant parents.  She was raised in Beauport, near Quebec City, where her family owned a general store, and returned to Montreal in 1915. Coming from a family where culture was highly valued, Lea gave evidence as a […]

Posted in: Canada, Quebec, Women, Work
New issue (#4) of Socialist Alternative’s Magazine
By September 10, 2016 Read More →

New issue (#4) of Socialist Alternative’s Magazine

Issue #4 of Socialist Alternative has been published. If you would like to order copy(ies) contact: contact@socialistalternative.ca A pdf is available here.

Montreal Workers Strike for $15
By August 18, 2016 Read More →

Montreal Workers Strike for $15

Socialist Alternative spoke with Jacques Fontaine, one of the striking workers Tell me the main points of the strike and why you are on strike. Some 280 workers of the Old Port of Montreal have been on strike since May 27. Our main goal is to fill the wage gap that has been created between […]

Posted in: Canada, Quebec, Work
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 […]

Posted in: Greece, International, Work
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 […]

Posted in: International, Portugal, Work
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 […]