Sunday, 8 September 2013

Newly merged Canadian union adopts ambitious organizing plan

Two Canadian unions have merged into Unifor. The new union, with over 300,000 members the largest Canadian private sector union, has decided that 10% of national dues will be invested in organizing more workers; the ‘most ambitious and well-resourced organizing strategy in the history of the Canadian labour movement’.

The emphasis is on workers organizing other workers and on campaigns rooted in local communities (community unionism). In addition, specialist capacities will be available, including strategic research, communications and legal expertise. The union also wants to take action against government policies that aim to break union power.

On the occasion of the merger, Naomi Klein argued for action against climate change.

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