INSIDE THIS EDITION:
- Solidarity resolution
- May Day solidarity message of CPC, endorsed by YCL
- Quebec student strikes inspire!
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THEY NEED YOUR HELP!
Dear comrades and friends,
The Quebec students urgently need your support! The student struggle
is getting very sharp and developing into a political crisis. The
corporate media is not telling the full story. On Tuesday there was a
police riot against the protesters. Now the students are protesting at
night, despite police violence. Today the Charest Liberal`s announced
their latest position: to raise tuition fees even higher than
The students need your help. They are in the front line of a growing
struggle that is one of the biggest in Canadian history. We are
attaching a template solidarity resolution that some student activists
in Quebec and English-speaking Canada have prepared. You can also find
the resolution, as well as up-to-date information about the Quebec
student strike, on our Rebel Youth magazine blog.
Here is the link:
Please help the students by passing a solidarity resolution with your
committee or organization now!
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THE CAPITALISTS CAN NOT LIVE WITHOUT US, BUT WE CAN LIVE WITHOUT THEM!
May Day Solidarity message from the Communist Party of Canada
Organized labour in Canada is under attack legislatively and
economically, blackmailed by strike and lockout. Two and three tier
levels of wages, benefits and pensions are being forced on workers
under the bludgeon of lockout and forced strikes. There has not been a
major victory in years for labour but the corporate offensive is still
Ask the Toronto Transit workers, the BC Teachers, airline
workers, Sudbury miners, Rio Tinto workers in Quebec, Hamilton
Steelworkers or Windsor Diesel Plant workers if this is a hospitable
or a dangerous environment. All these workers were and are militant.
Some are licking their wounds others are still engaged, but the
formula for victory has not been found.
In BC the attack of "net-zero" bargaining threatens public sector
workers who are emerging from previous wage freezes, and a 15%
roll-back for hospital employees just a few years ago. In Ontario the
provincial Liberals are sneering at public sector workers and teachers
who thought they could bargain with them. Ditto Quebec and every other
jurisdiction in Canada.
In every capitalist state in the world, the neo-cons have forced
"labour reform" on the agenda. The anguish of the present is only a
sample of the staggering misery that is looming if we do not organize
more effective resistance. The global plan for cheap, flexible,
mobile, compliant and un-organized labour requires the destruction of
organized labour as we know it, or its transformation into a control
mechanism of management.
Read more: http://rebelyouth-magazine.blogspot.ca/2012/04/capitalists-cannot-liv...
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QUEBEC STUDENT STRIKES UNITE LABOUR, ENVIRONMENTALISTS WITH STUDENTS
After almost eighty days of protest, the Québec student strike is
entering a record 11 weeks. After 250,000 students and their allies
from community and labour groups flooded downtown Montreal with a
river of people on March 22, another enormous demonstration was held
on Earth Day, April 22.
Close to 300,000 people were in the street - students,
environmentalists, labour activists and others from diverse
backgrounds. The rally, linked explicitly with the student struggle,
showed the unprecedented mounting public anger against with the
Charest Liberals and strong support for pro-people and pro-nature
policies and a "Québec spring."
The Québec student strike is one of the longest student protests
in North American history and has seen some of the biggest
mobilizations in Canadian history.
To achieve this magnificent level of resistance, the Québec
student movement has had to work on the "ground-level" of their
campuses, convincing their members of the importance of accessible
education, but also beyond their campuses, reaching out to larger
forces in society and building unity.
What we are seeing today is the result of many years of hard work
and some painful lessons, especially over the last five years.
Read more: http://rebelyouth-magazine.blogspot.ca/2012/04/students-labour-and-en...
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