[Marxism] Canadian Workers Demand Immediate End to War in Afghanistan

Pance Stojkovski pance at rogers.com
Sat Jun 14 14:43:50 MDT 2008


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A Socialist Project e-bulletin .... No. 113 .... June 14, 2008
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Canadian Workers Demand Immediate End to War in Afghanistan

By Michael Skinner

On 29 May 2009, the delegates at the national convention of the Canadian
Labour Congress (CLC), representing more than three million workers from
every region of Canada and Quebec, voted overwhelmingly to demand that the
Government of Canada immediately end its participation in the illegal war
in Afghanistan. 

This CLC demand represents a significant consolidation of labour power.
Several national unions, notably the Canadian Union of Postal Workers
(CUPW) and the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) had already
adopted policies to oppose Canada's participation in the war in
Afghanistan. However, some powerful unions whose members work in the
rapidly expanding Canadian military and development industries could profit
from continuing the war. The women and men of these unions made the
difficult decision to stand in solidarity with the working people of
Afghanistan rather than act on self-interest. 

The ongoing war in Afghanistan continues to kill uncounted thousands of
Afghan civilians and cause immeasurable suffering due to horrendous
injuries, the displacement of people from their homes and livelihoods, home
invasions, arbitrary arrests and torture, sexual abuse, and the general
humiliation of Afghans. This is an illegal war that cannot be justified by
a few extra jobs for Canadian workers.   

Complete bullet:
http://www.socialistproject.ca/bullet/bullet113.html








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