Using the distraction of police violence against protesters that was on display at the G20 Summit marches in Toronto, the Canadian government once again affirmed their commitment to the movement of people across their borders only as cheap and replaceable labour.
'For far too long we've let some of our opponents define us:' CUPE president Paul Moist bridges gaps in the trade union movement
No man is an island, but Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) president Paul Moist hopes no trade union is either. As one of the speakers at the Common Causes teach-in, coinciding with the Conservative Party’s convention in Calgary, he’s joining a panel that includes famed environmentalist David Suzuki, Chief Theresa Spence of Attawapiskat First Nation and Council of Canadians national chairperson Maude Barlow.
Labour advocates and immigration agencies have warned for years about deep flaws in Canada's rapidly growing migrant labour program. Employers enjoyed wide leeway to tap desperate pools of foreign labour to fill Canadian jobs, paying below-market wages and accessing a more vulnerable, compliant workforce.