Unite all Ontario schooling staff to defy Ford’s impending no-strike regulation!

Unite all Ontario schooling staff to defy Ford’s impending no-strike regulation!

55,000 schooling assist staff, together with caretakers, early childhood educators, administrative employees, and librarians, face a direct confrontation with Ontario’s hard-right Progressive Conservative authorities. Not solely have Premier Doug Ford and Training Minster Stephen Lecce made provocative, real-wage reducing contract “gives.” They’ve made it abundantly clear they intend to interrupt a strike that might begin as quickly as subsequent Thursday, November 3, by instantly adopting an anti-strike regulation.

The support-staff staff should not be left to struggle alone in opposition to the Ontario Tory authorities’s class warfare agenda of wage cuts, austerity, and the destruction of staff’ rights.

Contracts for all 255,000 Ontario schooling staff, together with 200,000 academics, expired on August 31. But the 5 Ontario schooling unions have conspired to divide us. They’re adamantly against answering an anti-democratic regulation criminalizing the assist staff’ strike with mass job motion on the a part of all schooling staff.

If the schooling assist staff’ wrestle stays remoted, their brave stand for inflation-busting wage will increase and an finish to austerity budgets for public schooling shall be defeated and the Ford authorities and the Bay Road monetary oligarchy that stands behind it strengthened.

This is the reason we shaped the Ontario Training Employees Rank-and-File Committee. It goals to unify all schooling staff in a typical struggle to defend public schooling, set up mass defiance of strikebreaking laws, and to make this the spearhead of a mass mobilization of working folks in opposition to austerity and in defence of staff’ rights.

Unite all Ontario schooling staff to defy Ford’s impending no-strike regulation!
Ontario assist employees staff protesting in opposition to low pay and abysmal working situations. [Photo: OSBCU Facebook]

The Ford authorities’s pitiful, most 2 p.c annual wage “improve” and its plans to chop billions extra from schooling budgets within the coming years don’t have any well-liked mandate. Ford and his Tories gained the assist of lower than 18 p.c of the citizens in final June’s provincial election.

The one purpose this illegitimate authorities can threaten us so aggressively is as a result of the bureaucrats who lead the schooling unions are doing every part of their energy to sabotage our wrestle. Regardless that our contracts all expired on the identical day, the Ontario Faculty Board Council of Unions (OSBCU), which represents assist employees, and the 4 trainer unions have insisted on bargaining individually. The academics’ union apparatuses have dominated out strike motion till the winter and haven’t even begun the method of organizing strike votes.

So nice was the anger amongst faculty assist employees after greater than 20 years of wage cuts which have decreased many to poverty pay, the OSBCU management was pressured to carry a poll on strike motion. It returned an amazing 96.5 p.c in favour of a strike. However OSBCU and its mother or father union, the Canadian Union of Public Workers (CUPE), are doing every part to make sure staff go into wrestle with each palms tied behind their backs.  

Union representatives have admitted in membership conferences that the federal government is making ready to make use of draconian powers—together with the anti-democratic “however clause” to repress a strike. But they’ve made it clear they won’t name on academics, the greater than 650,000 different CUPE members, or different staff to stroll off the job or take some other significant motion to defend the assist employees staff.    

How the union bureaucrats plan to promote us out

In current days, OSBCU President Laura Walton and different high OSBCU officers have appeared alongside Ontario CUPE President Fred Hahn at rallies and public occasions to proclaim CUPE’s “assist” for an schooling assist employees strike. This “assist” was reportedly determined at a gathering of CUPE’s nationwide government in late September. But for weeks, CUPE remained silent about what this “assist” would concretely imply—making clear within the course of that it might don’t have anything to do with mobilizing working-class assist for putting schooling staff. Now the CUPE/OSBCU high brass have introduced that this “assist” quantities to a union pledge to pay the fines levied on particular person staff who select to defy a strikebreaking regulation.

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