News and Events
Asian Heritage Month 2012
The Workers of Colour and the Asian-Canadian Alliance held the
forum “Celebrating Asian Activism and Unity” in recognition of Asian Heritage
Month. The forum brought together workers from diverse sectors and movements
including workers from CAW, ATU-Transit Workers, World Journal and Korea Times
Daily, USW-Taxi Drivers, Caregivers Action Center and much more.
The forum was an important opportunity to network, learn and
share experiences. The major points of discussion included:
Solidarity amongst these activists is propelled by a shared
commitment to push back neo liberal globalization which undermines the
interests of both unionized and non unionized workers, in the global north
as well as in global south. Thus, these "new forms of workers solidarity"
also unite workers in global north and south.
As a result of this growing solidarity, the tensions we have
seen in the past are now being addressed; nevertheless, there is still more
work to be done.
The examples of groups who attended the OPSEU/ACLA event
were used to illustrate the key themes outlined above. The groups were: limo
taxi drivers, domestic workers and caregivers, farm workers, laid
off/displaced workers, and newspaper workers.
Finally, the organizers culled "lessons learned" from these
past struggles, to draw out key themes of solidarity to further strengthen
this global, cross-sectoral (i.e. migrant and non migrant, temporary and
permanent, employed and unemployed, urban and rural, etc.), and broad based
movement for social justice.
OPSEU's significant role in bringing together these voices
was also acknowledged.