September 23, 2023

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Ontario schooling assist employees: Vote YES to strike! Construct rank-and-file committees to defend public schooling and cease COVID!

Ontario schooling assist employees: Vote YES to strike! Construct rank-and-file committees to defend public schooling and cease COVID!

The next assertion was mentioned and permitted by members of the Ontario Schooling Employees Rank-and-File Committee (OEWRFC), which was established in August to combat for the mass political mobilization of schooling employees in defence of public schooling and to cease COVID. To become involved with the OEWRFC, emailontedrf[email protected] or fill out the shape on the finish of the assertion.

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The Ontario Schooling Employees Rank-and-File Committee strongly urges the 55,000 schooling assist employees who’re members of the Canadian Union of Public Staff (CUPE) to vote YES within the strike authorization poll that started on September 23. A decisive vote for strike motion have to be made the place to begin of a political mobilization of all Ontario schooling employees and the working class as an entire to defend public schooling, defeat the hard-right Ford authorities’s wage-cutting and austerity insurance policies, and safe inflation-busting wage and profit will increase.

CUPE’s Ontario College Board Council of Unions (OSBCU) and the province’s 4 instructor unions are bitterly against mounting such a wrestle.

Ontario assist employees employees protesting towards low-pay and abysmal working situations (OSBCU Fb)

OSBCU has delayed a strike vote so long as it might with out upsetting a rank-and-file explosion. OSBCU’s largest native, Native 4400, overtly said in a communication to employees that the purpose of the strike vote is to “strengthen the bargaining committee” to achieve a “negotiated settlement with out a strike.” This beneath situations the place the federal government has thrown down the gauntlet by making derisory wage presents of two p.c per yr for these making lower than $40,000 and 1.25 p.c for these incomes extra, and by all however publicly vowing to illegalize any strike earlier than it even begins.   

The 4 instructor unions—the Elementary Academics Federation of Ontario, Ontario Secondary College Academics Federation, Ontario English Catholic Academics Affiliation and Affiliation of Franco-Ontarian Academics—which collectively have over 200,000 members, have indicated they received’t even schedule strike votes till the late fall or winter, although their members’ contracts expired virtually a month in the past—on August 31, the identical day because the CUPE employees’.

Academics enrolled in these 4 unions ought to collectively demand instant strike votes and make preparations to stroll out alongside their brother and sister support-staff employees in OSBCU. This may require the development of rank-and-file committees in each college and office throughout the province to grab management of the wrestle from the union forms, and get away of the collective bargaining framework utilized by the federal government and unions to paralyze and smother working-class opposition.