General Strike in
50,000 March on Legislature to Support Striking Teachers
by Mike Palecek
This first-hand report from British Columbia is by a member of a radical group called Fightback.
On Monday, October 17 tens of
thousands of trade unionists brought the capital city of
As we drove into the city, the magnitude of the event became clear. There were picket lines everywhere. Every public sector office was behind a picket line. Every school, every grocery store was closed.
The march began at
As the government met inside, 50,000 people stood on the lawns, chanting “General Strike! General Strike!” Many labor leaders addressed the crowd, including Jinny Sims, president of the BC Teachers Federation, and Jim Sinclair, president of the BC Federation of Labour.
Sinclair announced another regional general strike for Wednesday.
The BC Federation of Labour has
planned regional general strikes throughout the week. Rumor has it, that the