Simon Black Discusses How Workers are Fighting Back and Winning

Over the last month, we have seen a historic mobilization by workers in our country. Education workers, OSBCU and CUPE members in Ontario fighting back against Doug Ford’s right wing agenda in a big way.

They walked out in defiance of Bill 28 a bill that used the notwithstanding clause to take away their right to collective bargaining. The labour movement and its allies called for a General Strike in solidarity. The result: The Conservative government backed off, is repealing the bill, and is getting back to the bargaining table.

While this is a significant victory, we must keep up the pressure for a fair deal for education workers and all workers.

Our struggle in Canada is the same around the world. As inflation soars inequality worsens, threats of austerity are made and a recession looms workers pay the price. We can learn from the struggle waged by education workers this last week in Ontario.


Laura Walton
President, CUPE OSBCU

Niki Ashton
NDP Member of Parliament

Dr. Simon Black
Associate Professor of Labour Studies, Brock University

Andria Babbington
President, Toronto and York Region Labour Council

Katherine Grzejszczak
President, CUPE 905

Chandra Pasma
Education Critic, Ontario New Democratic Party

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