Solidarity Against Austerity at the Peoples’ Social Forum
Solidarity Against Austerity is supporting or co-hosting several workshops at the Peoples’ Social Forum this week (taking place at the University of Ottawa – the full program is available at http://peoplessocialforum.org/):
FROM ANTI-AUSTERITY TO ANTI-CAPITALISM: BUILDING A LOCAL LEFT ORGANIZATION
9:00am, Friday, August 22. Room DMS 1160
Despite the economic crisis of 2008 and the austerity turn by governments, the left in Canada has had plenty of difficulty building organizations capable of fighting back. How can the left rebuild local organizations capable of building the broad-based political movement to resist austerity and advance an anti-capitalist alternative?
– Solidarity Against Austerity (Ottawa), and Solidarity Halifax. English Simultaneous translation
BUILDING STUDENT-WORKER SOLIDARITY
2:45pm, Friday August 22. Room MRT 251
Membership-based organizations are uniquely positioned to fight back against austerity. Students and workers are invited to come share stories/discuss next steps for coalition building both on and off campuses. How can students/workers better work together to oppose attacks on labour rights and cuts to social services? How can we fight for the collective interests of students, youth, and (non)unionized workers?
– GSA Carleton, Ottawa Solidarity Against Austerity & CUPE 4600. Bilingual
BEATING GOVERNMENT AUSTERITY: HOW FEDERAL PUBLIC SERVICE WORKERS CAN DEFEAT THEIR EMPLOYERS IN THE INTERESTS OF ALL CITIZENS
1:00pm, Saturday, August 23. Room MRT 211
Members of the new federal Public Service Caucus in Ottawa-Gatineau will discuss the current union campaign to defend their contracts and why mass mobilization and strike action is required to defeat Harper. Key obstacles will be described, including the existence of multiple unions, the conservative union leadership, the demoralization of members, and the absence of demands that inspire public support.
– Public Service Caucus (Ottawa-Gatineau) associated with Solidarity Against Austerity. Bilingual.