New Union Project Positive Antidote to Increasingly Aggressive Capitalism
April 19, 2012, 11:15 AM EST
The New Union Project, currently in the discussion stages, could be a powerful response to the increasingly aggressive nature of global capitalism, says CEP National President Dave Coles.
New approaches are needed to ensure that workers are not crushed, said Coles and the creation of a larger, stronger and more militant union should be one of them. "We must change to ensure responses from workers are not only heard, but are victorious," said Coles, in a fiery address on April 14 to CAW Council in Port Elgin, Ontario. "Our plan is that all workers will be able to unite under this New Union Project."
Coles spoke of the growing unification and consolidation of labour organizations that is taking place around the globe to create a stronger force for working people. The most recent example is the merger between global union federations - the International Federation of Chemical, Energy, Mine and General Workers' Unions (to which the CEP is affiliated) and the International Metalworkers' Federation (to which the CAW is affiliated), which are in the process of uniting under the new name of IndustriALL - which will represent 55 million workers.
Coles said that unions should be proud of their storied histories, but these histories should not be a barrier to moving forward with a new model and new reality. Within CEP, there are local unions who have been certified for more than 140 years, the early printing press unions who were among the first in the country to organize.
"We understand the premise that together we can win, but divided we will lose," said Coles. "It's our game to win, so let's win it."
For more information on the New Union Project, please visit: www.newunionproject.ca