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Protests against the GST in Malaysia and the use of repressive legislation

April 24, 2015
| Regional updates and interview with Arul, general secretary of Socialist Party of Malaysia, on arrests, repression and the GST in Malaysia
Length: 29:17 minutes (13.41 MB)

Service cuts in Ontario's austerity budget spark protest

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Hundreds of public sector union members rallied outside the Ontario government buildings on Thursday to protest the provincial budget.

"This is about the kind of Ontario that we want," said OPSEU Executive Board Member Ibrahim Bozai, "We are anticipating serious cuts. We’re anticipating the government digging in their heels when it comes to investments in public services, and more privatization."

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This week in labour: Budget fails and municipal woes

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The Federal and Ontario budgets announced this week were packed with austerity. The false promises of balanced budgets were used to justify service cuts and privatization across the board. Add that to the similarly lean budget released by the Nova Scotia Liberals last week and we’ve got a whole lot of mess coming our way.

What’s that saying? April austerity brings what in May? Here's what happened this week in labour:

 

 

 

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What is the labour movement doing to prepare for the next election?

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Hassan Yussuff is the president of the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC), the umbrella organization which encompasses dozens of affiliated unions and represents over three million workers. In February, the CLC launched its election preparedness campaign, which seeks to mobilize union members to defeat Harper's conservatives in the upcoming federal election.

I spoke with Yussuff about what we can expect from the campaign's second phase, which is set to start in the upcoming weeks. This interview has been edited and condensed.

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The Target diaries: Closing time

Photo: flickr/Kevin Dooley
In the final instalment of the Target diaries, this worker recounts the last four hour shift.

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The Target diaries: Short and sweet ending

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Aboriginal activist continues fight for justice for Palm Island community in Australia

April 17, 2015
| Labour updates from the Asia Pacific region and interview with Lex Wotton on the ongoing fight for justice of Aboriginal people.
Length: 30:08 minutes (13.8 MB)

Canadian workers are joining global action: The fight for $15 minimum wage

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From Thunder Bay to Victoria, major protests will take place in Canada tomorrow as part of global Day of Action to demand higher minimum wages and decent working conditions. 

Scheduled for April 15 (4/15), the date echoes the demand of protesters in the United States and across Canada for a $15 minimum wage. 

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This week in labour: Take that, austerity!

Photo: flickr/Matthew Black

In addition to all this great news, you should know that this is World Health Workers Week! That means that if you see your doctor, nurse, physical therapist, hospital cleaner, security guard, occupational therapist -- whatever their position -- maybe don't forget to smile and wave and say "Thank you for keeping me alive!"

Here are some of the big stories in Canadian Labour this week:

 

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Londoners vow to keep door-to-door mail delivery

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Ever since Canada Post Corporation announced its plans to eliminate door to door mail delivery to five million households over the next five years, postal customers and letter carriers have been campaigning hard to stop the implementation of community mailboxes (CMBs). In Ontario alone CMB conversion has already been implemented in Oakville, Kanata and Petawawa. This year Canada Post plans to convert additional communities, including London, Milton, Whitby and St. Thomas.

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