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Original articles by non-sectarian socialist student, labour and community organizers based in Canada.

Cynical Use of Tories' TFW Program by RBC is an Attack on Workers' Rights, Just Like Bill C-377, RTW Laws & EI Changes | Citizens' Press

by Graham H. Cox — last modified Apr 07, 2013 11:17 PM
The Royal Bank of Canada is trying to replace some of its Canadian workforce with lower paid workers from India, in-spite of posting another banner year for profits. The bank is using recent changes to the Temporary Foreign Workers program brought in by the Tories. The effect of these changes to the TFW program is the driving-down of wages for Canadian workers. It seems that another side effect is the actual loss of good jobs in Canada through the exploitation of workers around the world.

CUPE Research Brief: Employment Insurance Usage Profile by Region and Gender

by Graham H. Cox — last modified Mar 28, 2013 02:09 PM
The Conservative government’s omnibus budget (Bill C-38) changed much of the way the Employment System will run. Overall, the changes will alter labour market pressures in favour of employers offering low wage jobs. As a result of this bill, it has become even harder to qualify for Employment Insurance. Further, the process of appealing the decision has been changed to eliminate worker and employer seats on the appeals panels. Even before the budget changes, fewer than 40 per cent of unemployed workers qualified for EI even though they are unemployed through no fault of their own.

Poor People Should Take on Debt to Pay Taxes says Fraser Institute

by Graham H. Cox — last modified Mar 27, 2013 12:02 PM
Our favourite people to point and laugh at have released another ridiculous report. This time complaining that the poor are not paying enough in tax. It is not clear from the Fraser Inst. how people with no money will be able to pay more in taxes, but we assume that they mean for the poor to go further into debt.

Blaming Students for the Supposed Lack of Skilled Tradespeople Is Nonsense | Citizens' Press

by Graham H. Cox — last modified Aug 15, 2013 08:12 PM
The neo-liberal promise of a future with high demand for knowledge economy workers (that never came) moved many away from skilled-trades and toward university degrees. For the Tories to now blame students for getting BAs instead of going to trades college and becoming a welder shows both a cynical disregard of history and this government's own incompetence when it comes to economic planning. Workers and students must show that the alternative to the Tory economic program is the only way forward that will work for Canada.

If journalism is a public good, then it should be a public service | Citizens' Press

by Graham H. Cox — last modified Mar 13, 2013 09:35 AM
A response to Don Lenihan's article (which is a near copy of many other articles) on the coming death of independent news organizations because of their implementation of paywalls. The paywall model is the expression of more than just the decline in people buying newspapers and advertisers finding other avenues. It is an expression of the contradictions that exist between private funding and journalism as a public good.

WTO Declares Ontario’s Green Energy Act Illegal | New Fact Sheet

by Graham H. Cox — last modified Mar 19, 2013 10:55 AM
In December 2012, the World Trade Organization (WTO) ruled part of the Ontario Green Energy and Green Economy Act (GEA) illegal. A WTO panel decided that “Buy Local” conditions on wind and solar power projects, designed to ensure local development and jobs benefits to Ontarians, violate international free-trade rules. This decision exposes the very real barrier that these rules put in front of our economic and environmental policy options, and to the idea of sustainable development more generally.

Labour is a Social Movement | The Citizens' Press

by Graham H. Cox — last modified Feb 19, 2013 02:00 PM
Labour, organized into politically active and democratic unions, is essential to the support for all other social justice movements. It is why the Conservative activists in Canada and around the world are so hostile to them. No matter what nonsensical reason right-wingers put forward, their main reason to attack unions is to undermine the most powerful opposition to their regressive agenda.

CBC Neil Macdonald's "The right to work for less" > A Classic Example of Liberal Analysis Missing the Mark

by Graham H. Cox — last modified Dec 11, 2012 09:59 AM
It is sometimes hard to follow liberal analysis at it weaves and meanders through a track of ahistorical and inconsistent narratives. Most of the time it is not worth it, but every once in a while the analysis does harm to struggle for historical justice, fairness and equality: namely, the work of the union movement. In these cases, it is probably better to point out some of the problems.

Sick Leave Stats and CFIB Nonsense

by Graham H. Cox — last modified Dec 05, 2012 06:05 PM
The CFIB have released their annual report that attacks the public sector's higher reported sick days (when compared to the private sector). The analysis they put forward is bogus and their recommendations essentially amount to an attack on women and health care workers. If their recommendations were adopted it would be disastrous for public health and safety.
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