Workers' Struggles Amidst Neoliberal Globalization Conference


Workers' Struggles Amidst Neoliberal Globalization Conference

November 10, 2012

Province-wide workers’ conference set to advance the role of workers as central to ongoing movements for social change

*****New Venue*******

GF Strong Rehabilitation Centre
4255 Laurel Street
Vancouver, B.C. V5Z 2G9

Vancouver, BC—The Kalayaan Centre, its allies and the Congress of
Progressive Filipino Canadians (CPFC) call on all to take action and
participate in a province-wide workers’ conference titled
“Workers’ Struggles Amidst Neoliberal Globalization” on November
10th at Simon Fraser University’s Harbour Centre. Originally held in
Toronto in August, the Kalayaan Centre is now hosting the conference
in Vancouver to continue raising workers’ political consciousness
necessary to critically understand and combat the all-out attacks of
the neoliberal agenda of globalization on all workers in Canada and

Throughout the year, we have witnessed popular movements in all
corners of the world in resistance to capitalism’s onslaughts on the
majority of people worldwide. Popular movements such as the Arab
Spring, the continuing protests in Europe against the austerity agenda
and ongoing social movements in the Global South signify the
increasing discontent of people against policies and practices that
prioritize profit over people. The victory of the Quebec student
strike here in Canada reminds us of the possibilities of social change
if we are united in our fight and resistance; it also reminds us all
of the need to continue resisting given the heightening crisis of

In Canada, the same neoliberal anti-people and anti-worker policies
that are being implemented globally are ever-present. Draconian
austerity measures such as—cutbacks on social services, the
privatization of public services, wage-freezes, decreasing
opportunities for full-time permanent jobs through the proliferation
of contractual/flexible jobs—are all leading to situations of
instability and precarity for all workers. Worse, the Conservative
government’s intensifying push to recruit temporary foreign workers
for their cheap labour is evident as employers are now legally allowed
to pay these workers 15% less than the average wage. These
exploitative strategies are being used to drive down the wages, while
at the same time dividing workers by pitting temporary ‘foreign’
workers against other workers in Canada.

“Workers’ Struggles amidst Neoliberal Globalization” will
provide a venue for all to collectively understand the ongoing
struggles faced by workers locally and globally. Moreover, this
understanding will be built in order to strengthen workers’
solidarity and resistance towards building a movement for genuine
social change.

All are encouraged to register and participate in this one-day

“Workers’ Struggles Amidst Neoliberal Globalization”

Vancouver-wide conference

November 10th, 2012, 8am – 6pm

GF Strong Rehabilitation Centre
4255 Laurel Street
Vancouver, B.C. V5Z 2G9

Co-sponsored by the Department of Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies
of Simon Fraser University

Registration is free


For more information, contact the Conference Secretariat:

Arlene Oropel: 778-317-5265
Andrew Sayo: 604-215-9355

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