Friday, February 28, 2014

Two protests in the next few days

Over the next few days, there are a couple of interesting labour-related events in Edmonton. On Sunday, March 2, there will be a protest at Winston Churchill Square over the government’s recent attack on public-sector pensions.

On Monday, March 3 the group Canadians Against the Temporary Foreign Worker Program will be hosting a protest at the Legislature reflecting ponds at 9 am. The Legislature steps are apparently booked for the same time for something official, which could make for an interesting collision of messages.

As far as I can tell, CATFWP is a grassroots group of folks who are concerned about the erosion of job security and working conditions given employers’ greater ability to replace Canadian workers with foreign migrants. There also appears to be some folks concerned about the treatment of foreign workers with a very slight leavening of xenophobes. Quite an interesting Facebook group to follow.

-- Bob Barnetson

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