Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Unions and Class Struggle

This Saturday there will be a panel discussion about the role of trade unions in the class struggle. While the event will be in French only, i have translated the callout here, and encourage comrades who understand French to attend:

Panel: Unions and Class Struggle.

Ever since the 19th century, trade unions and trade union politics have played an important role in the struggle of the working class for its emancipation, both in North America and around the world.

More recently, over the past forty years or so, many have stated that the unions have been bringing more and more workers onto the terrain of class collaboration.

Are trade unions still tools of the proletariat, or have they become tools of the bourgeoisie and its state?

-Ghislaine Raymond, former union activist with the Centrale de l'enseignement du Québec (CEQ)
-René Charest, trade union activist
-Richard St-Pierre, Groupe internationaliste ouvrier (GIO)
-Sid Ahmed Soussi, sociology professor at UQAM, specializing in the work world and trade unions
-Mathieu Jean, activist with the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW)

Various groups will also have literature tables for those who wish to reflect more on this subject.

Saturday, April 18th at 2pm, at the Comité Social Centre-Sud (1710 Beaudry), Montreal

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