Holy S#%t Fact!
Four times in the last four months Canada’s Minister of Labour, Lisa Raitt, has threatened or legislated workers back on the job. With Raitt’s back-to-work legislation, she has erased 44 years of the right-to-strike in Canada, and about 150 years of union organizing that preceded it. She effectively ripped away collective bargaining - a tool that won us our most basic worker rights.
But the really terrifying part is that Raitt and the Harper Government are considering making the whole economy an ‘essential service’. Why? Because the interests of the 1% need to be protected. Protecting the interests of the 99%, of course - that’s something else!