Canada

Green Syndicalism in the Arctic

Inspirational action showing the power of Indigenous land defense and how solidarity can be manifest in significant ways in contexts where companies are working to sow divisions between resource workers and Indigenous communities. A powerful response to those who claim that the interests of resource workers will leave them somehow fundamentally opposed to Indigenous land struggles.

Pipelines, Pandemics and Capital’s Death Cult: A Green Syndicalist View

Sign saying, Call off the RCMP, We Stand on Stolen Land

Covid outbreaks at extractives industry sites bring together shared interests and concerns of the diverse working class—blue collar and white collar workers in various industries, Indigenous people, including site workers. This provides a green syndicalist analysis of these issues and convergence points of resistance.

Hamilton Pride Defender Update: Some charges withdrawn, others going to trial

An update on the situation of people facing charges for defending Hamilton Pride from a far-right homophobic attack. From the Pride Defender Solidarity Committee, via North Shore Counter Info. The charges against the two defendants that were expected to be withdrawn have been

Bows and Arrows: Indigenous Workers, IWW Local 526, and Syndicalism on the Vancouver Docks

The first union on the waterfront of so-called Vancouver was organized by Indigenous workers, mostly Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh. And it was organized on an explicitly syndicalist basis as Local 526 of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW), which would become known as the Bows and Arrows. The Bows and Arrows took an active, politically militant approach with a commitment to Indigenous solidarity and organized on a multicultural/multiracial foundation of class solidarity.

When they say jump - Jim Nolan

Jim Nolan, a maintenance worker with the Toronto Transit Commission, describes a recent uneventful job action called by union leadership. This article was first published by Organizing Work.

The Winnipeg General Strike of 1919

A short account of the Winnipeg General Strike of 1919

Female Keep Separate: Prisons, Gender, and the Violence of Inclusion

A text, originally submitted to North Shore Counter-Info, exploring how gender is experienced in prison, arguing that "we also have to be able to critique [liberal ideas of inclusion] to continue working towards a world without prison and the violence of gender" and that "adopting the state’s purely positive understanding of gender identity can lead us to... end up defending the state’s projects from reactionaries when we should be attacking them on our own terms."

Austerity for the Essential: The Struggle of Personal Support Workers

Mainstream news sources, for the last decade, have been reporting on the increased frequency of the “hallway healthcare” phenomena in Ontario hospitals. Over this time the problem has grown into a norm, rather than an alarming exception.

Capitalism and Covid: Paycheques and Rents

For the working class the cost of a roof over our heads is a major expenditure, one that can push households further into debt and ultimately onto the streets. This report from our ICT affiliate in Canada shows how the coronavirus lockdown is exacerbating the housing problem for the working class.

Splits of the Socialist Workers Party (Britain)

Esme Choonara, Amy Leather, Candy Udwin, Maxine Bowler, 2013 Disputes Committee

We do not agree with their politics but reproduce this for reference.

Notable splits and departures from the Socialist Workers Party in Britain (and some notable international splits) in chronological order including key figures. The list shows a history of active members' serious complaints about the organisation and how it is organised. The issues are repeated since the formation of the SWP which should raise questions about the much-vaunted SWP model of ‘building the party’ especially for those unfamiliar with the party and its history.