May 2012

BC labour activists fight against privatization and contracting out of healthcare workers

"These workers should not be tossed aside in a drive to reduce costs and increase profits.” - Darryl Walker, BCGEU President.

logo for B.C. Government and Serivce Employees Union (bcgeu.ca) in blue and yellowVancouver (31 May 2012) - Over 100 activists from all sectors of the labour movement rallied in Kelowna on May 25 in support of the 130 workers from Spring Valley Care Centre who have all been given lay off notices.

Canadians for a Modern Industrial Strategy working to end hands-off approach to job creation

While income inequality has begun to receive the attention it deserves, CMIS is determined to start a serious debate on the economic development strategy for this country.

Ottawa (16 May 2012) - Canadians for a Modern Industrial Strategy (CMIS) announced it will be bringing together people from labour, business, government and the community who believe Canada's economic success and social well-being depend on a proactive industrial strategy.

Social impact bonds: the latest scheme to privatize public services

Higher costs, reduced accountability and privatization are all risks in the social impact bond funding scheme for public services.

Ottawa (10 May 2012) - Even though they have yet to produce results, many governments are enthusiastic about the way social impact bonds allow them to “buy now, pay later", says the National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE).

The effects of the federal budget on women: blog by Angella McEwen

In analysis and discussions...differential impacts for women, Aboriginals, racialized persons, newcomers, and *the poor* are frequently left out. It’s hard to blame anyone, there’s a lot to talk about in this whopper. - Angella McEwen

Ottawa (7 May 2012) - Below is a post by Angella McEwen, a Canadian Labour Congress economist, about gender and the recent federal budget:

The only mention of either men or women in the 400-odd page 2012 Budget Implementation Bill is with regards to the appropriate use of donated sperm and ova.