In a country where so many have lived on their knees for so long. In a country where so many have looked on helplessly as the Harperite cult destroys everything that once made us proud to be Canadians.
It's really great to see that Canada's newest union is declaring war on the Con regime.
The labour movement will soon be getting off its defensive position and pushing back if government and employers continue relentlessly attacking workers, warns the leader of Canada’s new super union.
“Unifor is here because it’s time to stop playing defence and start playing offence,” he said. “It’s time to stop reacting and time to start acting. It’s time to set the agenda . . . We have to show our collective power.”
And that its leader Jerry Dias is asking the question so many Canadians like me have waited so long to hear: "Are you ready to take your country back?"
Because it's about time eh?
And what I like best about the new union, apart from its fighting spirit, is that it's going to try to reach out to young workers, who are bearing the brunt of the unemployment crisis, as well as creating community chapters.
Unifor's new constitution has many progressive features. It requires gender equality on the national executive. It commits 10 per cent of national dues to organizing. It calls for "community chapters" that "can help build strong communities and enhance our collective strength in the struggle for social and economic justice by opening our Union to workers who currently have no access to union membership, because they have no collective agreement, or job, or hold temporary contract or other precarious employment."
Because we've never needed a strong union movement more than we do now, if we are to stop the Cons from further wrecking our country and its values, turning us into a low wage economy, and selling us out to foreign interests.
Yup. I'm excited eh? And tomorrow I'll be there when the new union marches in its first Labour Day parade. To cheer them on and pay tribute to the labour movement without whose massive contribution over the years we would have no rights, no social progress, and live like SLAVES.
And I invite you all to do the same wherever you live in Canada.
Because the time really has come to take back our country.
The time has really come to decide whose side we're really on...
Long live Unifor. Our new and
Long live the Canadian labour movement.
Down with the Con regime...
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