Because I was not a Socialist.
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.
Because I was not a Jew.
Lawrence Martin outlines the reasons for the Conservative War on Labour.
When they had a minority government, the Conservatives soft-pedaled labour issues. Now that they have a majority and a labour-backed NDP in opposition, they have moved into attack mode. It’s war on big labour and it’s intended as Stephen Harper’s new winning strategy. (My emphasis in bold)If the implications of this strategy weren't so ominous I would enjoy the schadenfreude of seeing the NDP reap what it has sown. (Was the NDP really so stupid that they thought their alliance to destroy the Liberals and give Harper a majority would buy them immunity from the attack machine? It looks like that was the case).
The economic foolishness of this strategy is apparent to anyone who cares to think it through. There is no incentive for unions to concede on any single issue. The less a union gives in, the further ahead they are when the arbitrator makes a ruling.
But that is not the main issue with the strike busting tactic. Harper's contempt for Parliament shows how blithely he is willing to disregard centuries of democratic tradition. The anti-union chest beating allows Pappa Steve to check off items 2 and 10 of the fourteen defining characterisitics of fascism in one swoop. Union bashing might be politically popular but the actions our government is proposing violates Canada's obligations to provide Freedom of Assembly and Association. Once again, the questions must be asked. Is there a limit to what Harper will do to achieve and maintain power?
So I put aside, temporarily, my disdain for the NDP and their collusion with the Harper Party and speak out. This attack on Labour is wrong. It is another sign of the authoritarian tendencies of Harper and his Party.Recommend this Post