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(en) Canada, British Columbia: NAF flier on illegal teachers strike

Date Mon, 10 Oct 2005 06:14:58 +0200

The Provincial Government has once again attacked the fundamental
right of free association of Unions in British Columbia. Using the
Legislature and Labour Relations Board, they have declared illegal the
defiant stand taken by teachers.
This is not the first time the Government has attempted to legislate
workers back to their jobs. The latest action taken by the Campbell
Government is part of a long term push to break the union movement in BC.
It is clear that this latest move by the Government benefits the Private
Interests of Business and defies the Public Interests of People of BC.

In April and May of 2004, the HEU, CUPE, and several other unions
stood defiantly against the Rule of Law imposed by the Government
and held their ground for several days. During this period the people of
BC came out in strong support of the strikers, and a General Strike
was on the horizon. Even though their strike was betrayed, the power
of Resistance was clearly demonstrated in the massive popular support
they received across the Province.

We cannot support the Rule of Law. Even now, Telus defies that very
same law by bringing in replacement workers to break the TWU
strike. It is clear that the government only enforces the law when it
benefits the Private Interests of Business. The Public Interests of the
People of BC cannot be realized by supporting the arbitrary application
of the law to one group over another.

The sympathetic rhetoric of the NDP cannot help us. They couldn't
push the BC Liberals from power. They supported the sell-out of the
striking HEU workers. Even now they have publicly stated their
support for the Rule of Law.

The fundamental rights of the People of BC are under attack by the
Government. In a democracy, workers don't get ordered back to their
jobs. We must collectively, and with a united voice, Fight Back.

The People of BC must escalate protest actions, strikes, and civil
disobedience against the government. We must Demand:

The immediate repeal of Bill 12, the anti-Teachers legislation passed
by the Government.

The right of Free Association for the People of BC.

We strongly urge everyone who can to come out to the picket lines in
support of the teacher's strike, and to denounce the illegitimacy of the
government's measures against the strikers. Only through collective
action and defending the public interest, standing united, can we
defeat the private-interest policies of the provincial government.

In solidarity,

Northwest Anarchist Federation

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