Solidarity For Ever! Can These Bones Live?Publisher: Institute of Saskatchewan Studies, Saskatoon, Canada
Year Published: 1975
Resource Type: Article
Cx Number: CX205
A newsletter that looks at the agricultural labour movement.
Abstract: This newsletter looks at various issues that surfaced during a seminar on Labour. The theory of Canadian union autonomy was stressed. At the same time, however, the importance of Canadian and American workers belonging to international unions was recognized as urgent for dealing with multi-national companies. Two factors were identified as contributing to agricultural disunity: governments are becoming excessively bureaucratized and farmers are taking routes that are either too commercial or political. Suggested, instead, was a forum through which farmers could decide policy and decide on a plan action to get the government to act on these. Unions associated with just one type of skill were criticized as being too self-interested and unions that organized different groups within the same area were encouraged. The principle of equal pay for equal work was identified as limited. Equal pay for equal value was seen as more accurate. The media was identified as an agent of corporate power and it was accused of distorting information and causing division as a result.