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Doug Ford betrays Ontarians by siding with big business over working people | OFL & WAC

by Graham H. Cox — last modified Oct 23, 2018 03:47 PM
Today’s announcement by the government of Ontario repealing the majority of Bill 148 steals basic rights from Ontario workers. Ford’s plan cuts wages, makes it easier to fire workers in precarious work, eliminates paid sick days, makes it more difficult to join and keep a union, and cancels fairer scheduling laws. This announcement means a real-dollar wage cut for minimum wage employees, the elimination of two paid sick days, fairer scheduling and equal pay rules that would have ensured workers are paid the same for doing the same work.

Conservatives in Ontario start their attack on workers' rights today

by Graham H. Cox — last modified Oct 24, 2018 04:49 PM
Doug Ford and his conservatives attack the rights of workers in Ontario with the repeal of Bill 148 provisions. This brings us back to the regressive position workers were in before Bill 148. For workers seeking union protection, the law removes all of the provisions that brought some balance back to workers. The new legislation will tilt labour law drastically in favour of employers and capitalists.

On the Nature of the Chinese Economic System

by JBB — last modified Oct 22, 2018 12:17 PM
by Zhiming Long, Rémy Herrera and Tony Andréani | Monthly Review | There is considerable debate within China about the nature of the economy, including recognition of tendencies toward state capitalism. Consequently, most writers focus theorization of the many possible paths the economy could take—whether toward or away from capitalism. The present article takes a step further, arguing that the Chinese system today still contains some key components of socialism and is compatible with a market, or market-based, socialism that is clearly distinct from capitalism.

The revolt of the regions: what Quebec and New Brunswick’s election teach us about populism | NB Media Coop

by Graham H. Cox — last modified Oct 19, 2018 10:36 AM
"Both the PANB and CAQ have mobilized a mainly rural base. Raymond Blanchard, research agent for the Fédération des étudiantes et étudiants du Campus universitaire de Moncton, pointed out the importance of “forgotten regions” in the PANB’s appeal. Leader Kris Austin’s riding of Fredericton Grand-Lake is a case in point; the rural portions of this riding have short-staffed public services, a disconnection from urban Fredericton, and a mostly unilingual Anglophone population. CAQ also won most of its victory in the rural regions of Quebec – areas both negatively affected by Liberal Party austerity and alienated from increasingly cosmopolitan Montreal."

A Global People’s Bailout for the Coming Crash

by JBB — last modified Oct 19, 2018 08:15 AM
by Adam Parsons | CounterPunch | When the global financial crisis resurfaces, we the people will have to fill the vacuum in political leadership. It will call for a monumental mobilisation of citizens from below, focused on a single and unifying demand for a people’s bailout across the world.
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