This, just in, from Derek Blackadder at LabourStart. While it is addressed to trade unionists it should resonate with anyone who believes in democracy. The Conservative government’s decision to impose back-to-work legislation strikes at the heart of democracy; it is a form of forced labour, something expressly forbidden by the International Labour Organization of which Canada is a member.
If you think the Tories will stop with postal workers, think again. We must stop Harper here.
Please support the LabourStart campaign and tell Lisa Rait and Stephen Harper what they can do with their back-to-work legislation.
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.
‘Our’ newly-elected Conservative majority government is using the Post Office lockout as the first salvo in its war on trade unions in this country.
The legislation not only forces an end to free collective bargaining, it imposes wages that are less than those Canada Post had tabled.
It is virtually unprecedented for back-to-work legislation in Canada to impose 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’.
Help build not only CUPW’s fightback, but the 4 year long fightback that has just started.
Join this campaign here and pass this link along to ALL your contacts!