Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Help Stop the Attack on Canadian Unions

As trade unionists we understand that the right to free collective bargaining without interference from the state is fundamental to what we do. When the state interferes on behalf of an employer our rights as workers are at stake.

In Canada a recently-elected right-wing Conservative government is declaring war on workers and their unions. Their first target is one of Canada’s most militant unions, the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW). We’ll spare you most the details, but it is clear that CUPW has been targeted. If the Conservatives can crush this union this will have an effect on the entire Canadian labour movement.

Among other things the proposed legislation doesn't just require the union and the employer to continue bargaining or to refer everything in dispute to an arbitrator. Instead it imposes terms and conditions of employment. You can read the bill in PDF form HERE.

Our CUPW e-campaign is within sight of the 10,000 messages mark. The Minister of Labour is saying that she has thousands of messages demanding legislation to end the strike and to impose new conditions of employment on post office workers.

Help give the union the ability to say ‘we have tens of thousands of messages demanding free collective bargaining’.

Join this campaign HERE and pass this link along to ALL your contacts!

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