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

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

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The Ontario Training Employees Rank-and-File Committee strongly urges the 55,000 schooling help staff 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 staff 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 trainer unions are bitterly against mounting such a battle.

Ontario help employees staff protesting in opposition to low-pay and abysmal working circumstances (OSBCU Fb)

OSBCU has delayed a strike vote so long as it might with out frightening a rank-and-file explosion. OSBCU’s largest native, Native 4400, overtly acknowledged in a communication to staff that the intention of the strike vote is to “strengthen the bargaining committee” to succeed in a “negotiated settlement with out a strike.” This underneath circumstances the place the federal government has thrown down the gauntlet by making derisory wage presents of two p.c per 12 months 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 trainer 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 gained’t even schedule strike votes till the late fall or winter, despite the fact that their members’ contracts expired virtually a month in the past—on August 31, the identical day because the CUPE staff’.

Academics enrolled in these 4 unions ought to collectively demand fast strike votes and make preparations to stroll out alongside their brother and sister support-staff staff 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 battle 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. 

Hafidah Rosyid

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