Director Min Sook Lee’s award-winning documentary follows the story of migrant workers who come to labour in Ontario greenhouses as part of Canada’s Temporary Foreign Worker Program. Many are women recruited by brokers who illegally charge fees upwards of $7,000, with greenhouse owners complicit in… Read More
As months of protests and labour disruptions topple South Korea’s right-wing President Park Geun-hye, we look back at the 1997 strike wave which rocked the country. As a massive economic crisis swept East Asia in 1997 workers and students took to the streets, occupied factories… Read More
An educational film by the Canadian Union of Public Employees made in 1975. “My husband, at first, he didn’t think much of my involvement in [the] union. He was quite displeased with my involvement. And, at one point, during negotiations after being away eleven says,… Read More
Harlan County, USA is a 1976 Oscar-winning documentary film covering the “Brookside Strike”, an effort of 180 coal miners and their wives against the Duke Power Company-owned Eastover Coal Company’s Brookside Mine and Prep Plant in Harlan County, southeast Kentucky in 1973. Directed and produced… Read More
In December 2011 Bristol Radical History Group were invited to participate in a ‘history’ meeting in Detroit, USA. This gathering included ex-members (such as the late General Baker) of the League of Revolutionary Black Workers, the radical black working class organization. Also present was Marvin… Read More
The Party is over for China’s working class. In the boom-and-bust economy, it was the poor who lost out. Now unemployed and angry, millions of once-loyal Communist supporters are taking on Beijing. In 21st century China, the assurance of a job with cradle to grave… Read More
In December 2015 during the COP21 negotiations in Paris, Labour Party Leader Jeremy Corbyn, journalist Naomi Klein, and trade unionists from around the world also met in Paris to discuss the role of trade unions in fighting climate change.
A wage cut of 50 per cent. An elimination of pensions. Cuts to benefits. These demands led to a major showdown at a locomotive factory in London, Ontario between the 700 unionized workers of Electro-Motive Diesel (EMD) and Caterpillar, a massive U.S.-based corporation. The workers,… Read More
In Kentucky, hundreds of demonstrators packed into the Capitol building last Saturday to protest the state Legislature’s passage of a slew of controversial bills, including an anti-union “right-to-work” law and extreme anti-choice legislation that bans abortions after 20 weeks and requires a woman to have… Read More
Income inequality has reached levels not seen since the 1920s. Labor unions’ membership is in decline, and popular opinion has turned against them. Promising movements like Occupy Wall Street and Black Lives Matter lack an organized base, and therefore are unable to build the power… Read More
RankandFile.ca presents the two retellings of the holiday classic, It’s a Wonderful Life. Its-a-Wonderful-Life-Lost-End by y10566
Author and activist John Rees explores the role of citizen journalism in strengthening social movements through effective writing. Rees’ workshop explains how activists and trade unionists can improve their writing by targeting a mass audience.
Students right across Nova Scotia walked out of class to protest the government’s handling of the negotiations with the province’s teachers. The students4teachers walkout was the largest student walkout in the history of the province. Teachers have twice rejected tentative agreements with the province. The… Read More
Krishna Pendakur Professor of Economics at Simon Fraser University, who has studied inter-ethnic disparity in earnings, discusses how the wage gap in the Canadian labour market for indigenous workers is the largest earnings gap within it. “Once you see a number like one-third lower earnings,… Read More
Nora Loreto, member of the Canadian Freelance Union and writer, speaks about the current crisis of precarious work and what happened to get us to where we are today. She was the keynote speaker at the The Precarious Generation: Millennials Fight Back forum in Ottawa.