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BASIC INCOME OR REDUCED WORK WEEK? AN OLD LABOUR DEBATE

By David Bush

Should labour support the demand for a Basic Income? In response to the threat of automation, the rise of neoliberal policies and the weakening of trade unions parts of the Left have come to champion BI as a policy that can save the working class. But is this the best way to fight these threats? The labour movements’ own history tell us that not only are these issues not new, Basic Income is hardly the best response.

In 1953, facing rising unemployment as the Korean War slowed to a halt, a debate emerged in the United Auto Workers (UAW), as well as most other CIO led unions, about how the union movement should respond. Millions were thrown into unemployment that year. Wildcat strikes had forced the company to reopen its contract and raise wages to redress workers’ concerns about rising inflation during the Korean War. Read more!

 


THE ROAD AHEAD FOR ONTARIO'S FIGHT FOR $15

By Doug Nesbitt

About 200 people from across southern Ontario, and as far north as Sudbury and North Bay gathered in Toronto on March 31-April 1 for a provincial strategy session of the Fight for $15 and Fairness.

It was a great two days of discussion and workshops all geared towards building this campaign that has started to shape some of the political terrain for labour in Ontario, and begun to get a hearing on some of its key demands like paid sick days, fair scheduling and a $15 minimum wage. Loads of information, experiences and lessons were shared. It was not the usual labour convention or educational. Read more!

 


BAD FOR READERS, BAD FOR NEWSROOM WORKERS

By Robert Devet

The acquisition of 27 papers in four Atlantic provinces by the SaltWire Network Inc., a newly formed parent company of the Chronicle Herald, is bad news for readers and newsroom workers both.

And it’s a low blow to the Chronicle Heraldworkers who have been walking the picket line for 16 months. Owner Mark Lever told them there is no money for a fair contract because the company was fighting for its survival, but he was lying.

Now Lever, who really only gets to run stuff because of who he married, will get 27 additional newspapers to ruin. Read more!


THE BEST WAY TO PROTECT AGAINST UNSCRUPULOUS BANK TACTICS? EMPOWER WORKERS

By Julia Smith

CBC’s recent investigation into upselling by bank employees blew the door open on shady practices that have long plagued Canada’s financial institutions. The stories detailed toxic work environments where employees said they felt pressured to sell customers products they didn’t need — sometimes breaking the law — to meet high sales targets set by management.

Much of the discussion in the aftermath focused on how the banking industry would be affected by such revelations and how customers can protect themselves from unwanted products and fees. Read more!

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