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Cowichan Conversations: BC Fed President Irene Lazinger Highlights Monday’s 2PM Rally at Strikebound Cowichan News Leader

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger

A ‘Support Rally’ in backing Cowichan News Leader striking employees, members of Unifor, will be held Monday 2PM at the News Leader offices.

The BC Fed’s newly elected President Irene Lazinger is making the trip over to show the significance of this showdown between a determined tight fisted David Black and the union movement.

Striking Cowichan News Reporter Peter Rusland is calling out to valley supporters to join in and help them register the communities support for the striking staff.

BC Fed President Irene Lazing supporting News Leader Strikers

Black is reputed to throw (Read more…)

Cowichan Conversations: Clark Government Out To Bust Teacher’s Union and Usher In Charter Schools

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger

There is lot at stake in British Columbia. This is so much more than a collective bargaining issue. The public education system itself is on the block and this struggle could lead BC into a ‘General Strike’ showdown before it is through.

There may not be a choice if public education is to survive the attack from Christy Clark!

Here is an insightful ‘Opinion Piece’ by Tom Kertes, carried in the Tyee.


Why Teachers Fear the Worst From Clark Government

By Tom Kertes

Today, public school teachers in British Columbia will vote to end their job (Read more…)

Cowichan Conversations: McDonalds Treating Foreign Workers Like Slaves

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger

McDonalds, and several other Canadian firms are being investigated following reports of exploitation and abuse from victimized foreign workers.

I have often wondered about the staff at many different fast food outlets who might have been brought in on the foreign worker program, but did not know if they were being scammed by unscrupulous employers.

I wanted to ask but it is more than a little awkward. Hello, are you being exploted by your employer is not an easy line of chatter for anyone, when placing an order.

We have known somewhat of the shadowy existence of (Read more…)

Cowichan Conversations: Labour Peace Comes From Negotiations Not Legislation

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger

If there was ever time for labour to stand and fight, it is now. BC has endured over a decade of abuse from the ideologically obedient pro corporate BC Liberals and our society as a whole has suffered as a result.

The war against education has taken its toll on children, parents and teachers. The BC Liberals illegal actions have been denounced by the courts.

The nurses and hospital workers have paid a price at the hands of the provincial government and now the truckers who have not had a raise in nine years are being (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: At Chinese-owned B.C. mine, no Canadian hires for four years

by BC Federation of Labour “It’s clear HD Mining is in no hurry to hire Canadians and that the province of BC and Government of Canada have been complicit all along.” Documents released today show HD Mining planned to use exclusively underpaid Temporary Foreign Workers (TFW’s) underground for 4.5 years after the commencement of construction, READ MORE