June 20: Worker-student solidarity in the age of austerity

A part of the Montreal Students Movement Convention 2014!

Friday June 20TH, 2014
University of Quebec at Montreal (UQAM),
Metro Berri-UQAM

As the economic violence of corporate-driven austerity economics is carried out globally, important inter-movement alliances are being formed to overturn the austerity agenda. On the streets in France, Spain and Greece, critical alliances have taken shape to attempt to undue the social, economic and human damage of the austerity agenda.

Here in Quebec and across Canada as the political class and corporate power move to form a consensus on building permanent austerity as the sole solution to the persisting financial crisis (in short making the working and poor majority pay for the reckless speculative economics of the economic elites), a different consensus is forming on the streets, in Quebec student, worker and community groups are coming together to oppose the austerity agenda that is taking shape in ugly ways under the PLQ government, while across Canada social movements are working to coordinate a consolidated effort against Austerity being forced upon us under the Harper regime.

workshop discussion lead by :

Benjamin Gingras,
Benjamin Is a graduate student in psychology at UQAM. From 2012 to 2013 he was a member of the executive council of AFESH (social sciences UQAM) with whom I was involved in the 2012 student strike, and from 2013 to 2014, I was finance secretary and co-spokesperson of ASSÉ. I’m now a member of ASSÉ’s mobilization committee, helping to continue building a combative student movement ready to face the attacks from the right.

Amber Gross,
Amber is currently the president of AMUSE, a union representing around 1400 ‘casual’ and temporary staff at McGill University. She was also a student and strike organizer at McGill during the 2012 Quebec student strike, a year that saw unprecented levels of mobilization and direct action at McGill, as well as the creation of connections to radical currents of the Quebec student movement.

Mostafa Henaway,
Mostafa is an organizer with the Immigrant Worker Centre, which focuses on organizing with precarious immigrant and migrant workers in Montreal, The immigrant worker centre is also active in building forms of worker solidarity amongst non unionized and unionized workers. Such initiatives as supporting striking and locked out members of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers in 2011 and also worked to build links between workers and students during the Quebec student strike in 2012. Mostafa Henaway is also active with the and active with Comité d’action solidaire contre l’austérité – CASA.

moderated by Stefan Christoff, who is a Montreal-based community organizer, media maker and artist. @spirodon

Organisée par:

Comité d’action solidaire contre l’austérité – CASA
www.contreausterite.ca / www.againstausterity.ca