MayWorks Fredericton NB April 28 – May 07, 2017

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Mayworks Festival of Working People and the Arts is an annual multidisciplinary arts festival that celebrates the culture of all working peoples. Founded by the Toronto and York Region Labour Council, Mayworks has been uniting art and labour since 1986 by showcasing and promoting the artistic work and cultural production of artists-as-workers and workers-as-artists. The Festival was built on the premise that workers and artists share a common struggle for decent wages, healthy working conditions and a living culture.- MayWork Festivities

“Our beauty comes from our strength, our strength from resistance”


That’s one of the slogans used by protesting workers — most of them women — who work for the global cosmetics giant Avon in Turkey.  Last month, several were sacked as part of a union-busting drive by the employer.

The workers are demanding that Avon hire back the fired workers, register all the workers as permanent employees, and recognize the union. In addition, the union is campaigning for an agreement with the company to provide reasonable wages, hours, benefits and working conditions, and a woman-friendly and harassment-free workplace.

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Atlantic Regional Representative Tony Tracy Banned from NS Legislature

Tony Tracy, Atlantic Regional Representative Canadian Labour Congress

Atlantic Regional Representative Tony Tracy was banned from the Nova Scotia legislature for 90 days for leading a protest chant  in the gallery of the Legislature of “Who’s House? Our House!”. The protesters were at the legislature in support of the 2,300 nurses who are on strike because of concerns for patient safety, currently, there is not enough nurses relative to the number of patients.