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(en) Canada, Common Cause Express* no. 23 - Global fight against austerity (fr) [machine translation]

Date Thu, 28 Feb 2013 12:05:05 +0200

Bill C-38 adopted by the Harper government in March last part of a long list of austerity measures that overcome several governments trying to make us swallow. ---- These measures would aim to repay the debt incurred during the recent economic crisis to save large companies and banks from bankruptcy. Obviously, nothing is wrong, or why we prevent mounting taxes on the rich society and the companies we saved? ---- The successive governments, whether at the federal, provincial or municipal levels are only instrument for a class of more or less large bourgeois for whom poor (workers, women workers, the unemployed, unemployed etc.). serve only to work and consume the products on which they make money. It is therefore not surprising that when it comes to cutting the budget are social programs and measures to help the working class that suffer first. Do not think they will cut a day in profits of entrepreneurs ...

Thus, by adopting this Bill C-38, the Conservatives have not only slashed unemployment insurance, and they have also increased the retirement age from 65 to 67 years in the country in addition to s' address pay equity in the federal contracts. As might be expected, the government invoked the need to create favorable conditions for economic prosperity in the country. In short, we cut that is given to the poor to enrich the rich ...

We inspire the student movement

The measures announced by the Harper Conservatives are not unlike other austerity measures had tried to implement the government, provincial this time, Jean Charest in Quebec. We remember, of course, rising tuition fees, but also the health and tax rate increase hydroelectricity that the State wanted us to swallow. At least one of these measures has been successfully fought: rising tuition. It is therefore important to analyze what were the key to the success of the student struggle Spring 2012: direct democracy, solidarity and struggle unionism.

Firstly, try to democratize our maximum control organizations in this case, groups of unemployed people. The first priority is to reappropriate them by bringing proposals of shares or positions policies, by recruiting new adherents and new adherent victims of these policies, and leaving power to the base, and non not to employees-es or the boards of directors who too often control everything that is done in community groups. This is what direct democracy.

It is then important to use the type of engagement that allowed students to win: fight unionism. Obviously, it is rather problematic to strike when the provider is unemployment insurance, however, it is quite possible to use the rest of the range of actions used by the student movement: blocking, occupation, and even sabotage. Ago already too long that the Conservatives govern without being disturbed-es. Occupy Ministers' offices, block companies under federal jurisdiction (where the money is: banks, ports). Knocking at the heart of the economy and are not afraid of diversity of tactics.

Must also aim the greater solidarity possible between the different struggle. This is what the student movement has also succeeded in allying with environmental struggles, movement and community groups of unionized workers in the education system. We must do the same in this fight. Were we to progressive groups that fight against Bill C-38 and they are numerous environmental groups, women's groups, labor groups, aid groups to immigrants etc.. Also seek to ensure that the public is aware of the issues raised by this law by informing and mobilizing the widely. After all, it is the whole of the working class which is attacked by these measures.

Our strength: the number

As left-es on behalf of the company, we have nothing other than strength in numbers to oppose the austerity policies dictated by the Canadian government and supported by the richest countries. It may seem cliché, but for us, "unity is strength." It is by uniting as horizontally that is, so that as many people know the ins and outs of our struggle, being aggressive and combative as well as being integral that we can overcome.
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