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NHS workers would be subject to tough new strike laws being proposed by prime minister Rishi Sunak. Alamy/Stephen Bell

Rishi Sunak’s new law could force workers to break strikes

The strikes (minimum service levels) bill making its way through parliament potentially means employers can block named workers from taking industrial action.
Worker unrest has been surging around the world. voy ager

Global economy 2023: what happens next with industrial action

With real wages in many countries having been stagnant for years, the inflation surge has brought unions back to life.
Workers such as these Starbucks employees in St. Anthony, Minn., increasingly went on strike in 2022. Michael Siluk/UCG/Universal Images Group via Getty Images

Worker strikes and union elections surged in 2022 – could it mark a turning point for organized labor?

Workers have filed the most union petitions since 2015 and the number of strikes have surged, but whether this turns into a sustained increase in membership rates is still unclear.
The Ontario Assembly on Workplace Democracy examined how everyday people experience work and what they want done to make work better and their voices heard. (Shutterstock)

What do workers want? 5 key takeaways from the first citizens’ assembly on workplace democracy

Improving the ability for worker’s voices and perspectives to be heard in the workplace could have wide ranging benefits for employers and broader society at large.
When University of Manitoba Faculty Association went on strike and hit the picket lines in 2016, the association raised issues about having a greater say over ever-increasing workloads, appropriate use of metrics in evaluation and job security. THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods

University and school strikes across Canada are about workers’ rights — and protecting education as a public good

Education strikes by university and public school workers are political fights about diminished respect for education as a public good and workers’ rights in an economy that perpetuates inequality.
CUPE members and supporters join a demonstration outside the office of Parm Gill, Member of Provincial Parliament for the riding of Milton, Ont., on Nov. 4, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nick Iwanyshyn

Ontario education strike fallout: Workers’ anger about economic inequalities and labour precarity could spark wider job action

Frustration about unsettled bargaining that predates the pandemic could get channelled into pronounced resistance from educational workers during the coming months.
Ontario Premier Doug Ford sits in the Ontario legislature during Question Period as members debate a bill meant to avert a planned strike by 55,000 education workers. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn

Ontario school strike: Government’s use of the notwithstanding clause — again — is an assault on labour relations

The Ontario government’s latest use of the notwithstanding clause is at odds with its stated intention to keep kids in school amid a labour dispute — and at odds with the heart of labour relations norms.

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