Thursday, 26 April 2012

Represented Workers are "Unworkers"?

Winnipeg General Strike of 1919: Rooted the labour
movement in Winnipeg. Conducted by many
hard-working Canadians who do not "stand for the
interests of everyday hard-working Canadians"
according to Stephen Harper & his country club
Conservative pals.

Image Source: Wikipedia
The country club Conservatives, the candidates they finance, and the people who fall for their hogwash have a deep-seated hatred of worker representation. Hard working Canadians united by certified unions just burns the CONS and the Harper Government. So much so, in fact, that they try to smear the NDP due to their support for workers' rights and exclude hard working Canadians represented by labour organizations from the category "everyday hard working Canadians". The latest hatchet job from CON HQ testifies to this.

The shadow of Mr. Mulcair’s team is long indeed. With 55 critics, the NDP now have significantly more critics than the actual Cabinet charged with running the government – and nearly half are former union bosses or employees.

...

In the coming days, we will continue to help Canadians get to know Mr. Mulcair’s team and highlight those he has chosen and ways in which they do not stand for the interests of everyday hard-working Canadian families. 
("Thomas Mulcair's NDP Team". Conservative Party Press Release. My emphasis added.)
This reveals a truly despicable attitude of Harper and his country club Conservative buddies. The notion that represented workers don't really count as hard working Canadians. I mean, you might be a Safeway cashier in Winnipeg's North End who has worked long hours, done heavy work, and had heated encounters with disgruntled customers. However, you aren't an "everyday hard working Canadian", though some suburban Tory fratboy who gives money to Harper might be. If you're one of the many Thompson, Manitoba residents who work in the mine, you aren't an "everyday hard-working Canadian" either.


Incidentally, a Thompson resident once sent me a newspaper ad from hard right Churchill riding Conservative Party candidate Wally Daudrich. The ad said that NDP economic/environmental sustainability measures would hurt the "union jobs" on the Alberta oil patch - yes, he emphasized again and again that they were unionized jobs. So, one has to ask, do the Tories support democratic worker representation or do they not? 

They don't. "Sexy cancer" Lisa Raitt has intervened in the labour relations of a private company, has sided with Canada Post managers who recklessly locked the doors on workers - thereby denying Canadians postal service in what was a less disruptive rotating strike - and threatened to declare the economy an "essential service" - thereby justifying CON intervention in almost any labour organization-management dispute.

This is sickening class warfare, the usage of the heavy hand of the state to deny workers their rights. Harper is shamelessly trying to make this seem more sympathetic by implying that the men and women who work at Winnipeg's Safeways or in Inco's Thompson mines aren't "everyday hard-working Canadians". The CONS have also hidden behind their "majority mandate" gained with less than 40% of the popular vote to justify anything they do, including denying workers their rights. Don't be fooled - harsh labour relations with private and public sector unions will eventually extend (and, really, have) to all workers in job markets with less than stellar security, represented or otherwise.

Come 2015 the hard-working people of Winnipeg need to make a choice. Will we give Harper a blank cheque to continue his reckless behaviour - because that is what he interprets any majority government as - or won't we? 

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