Agricultural workers in Canada – especially in Ontario – have had their right to bargain collectively enshrined by the Supreme Court of Canada, which today upheld a constitutional challenge by UFCW Canada on their behalf.
Unity Triumphs over Doublethink - George Orwell could not have imagined it better. The “doublethink” he described in the prophetic novel Nineteen Eighty-Four – with government calling its war department the “Ministry of Peace” – is paralleled absolutely by the Ontario Tory government’s new “workplace democracy” rules.
The leadership of any political party can be a pretty thankless job. Particularly in this day and age of turbulent partisan politics, it is an impossible task to keep everyone satisfied all the time, and the leader of the party is an easy target for those in the habit of taking potshots.
One of Québec’s most colourful and effective labour leaders, Louis Laberge was a unique friend of workers whose achievements will be long remembered not only in Québec, but across Canada. Nationally respected, Brother Laberge was an ardent and eloquent spokesperson for the Québeclabour movement. He died on July 18, aged 78.