On March 23 hundreds of Air Canada workers launched a wildcat strike after three co-workers were suspended for sarcastically applauding the Minister of (Forced) Labour Lisa Raitt. The wildcat strike rapidly spread to Vancouver, Montreal and Quebec City, while others occupied Lisa Raitt's office.
Canadian activists occupy Labour Minister Lisa Raitt's office in response to the attack on Air Canada workers. Support Air Canada Workers: http://www.facebook.com/groups/344577022247270/
Labour Minister Lisa Raitt and Air Canada CEO Calin Rovinescu sure can dance. Too bad Air Canada workers can't cut in...
My mind keeps drifting back to the recent Air Canada flight attendants' strike that never happened, as a result of threats from the Harper government. I know it's already mouldy in news-cycle terms but its significance, its potential as a teachable moment, only became clear with the spread of the Occupy movements and their demand for some genuine democratic experience, versus the sham versions we now get in most elections. So return with me now to yesterweek.
When the flight attendants voted down, for the second time, a deal negotiated by their leaders with Air Canada, it's the reaction that was so illuminating. Labour Minister Lisa Raitt said: "Maybe the union misjudged, maybe management misjudged, but to do it two times in a row is a warning bell ..."
Lisa Raitt just denied 6,800 Canadian citizens of a fundamental right so that a handful of robber CEOs can continue to line their pockets. This is the government of the 1 per cent. Time to Occupy Air Canada.