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Quebec's 1972 Common Front: Lessons for today


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Quebec's 1972 Common Front: Lessons for today
Monday, May 9
7:00 pm
on Zoom
On May 9, 1972, after defying back-to-work legislation, the leaders of Québec's three largest union federations – Marcel Pépin, Louis Laberge and Yvon Charbonneau – were sentenced to one year in jail.
In response, workers across Québec walked out, in some areas taking over radio stations. Over 300,000 workers participated in work stoppages and occupations.
Rank-and-file anger among workers exploded in response to the harsh jail terms. Port workers in Montreal, Québec and Trois-Rivières along with teachers, healthcare and other public sector workers walked out. Community activists occupied municipal offices. It was an inspiring response from workers disgusted with the Bourassa government's attacks.
What factors contributed to making the Common Front one of the high points of class struggle in so-called Canada? What lessons can we learn from this demonstration of workers' power?
Today, as thousands organize and join unions at Amazon, Starbucks, LifeLabs and beyond, join CHANTAL SUNDARAM, an anti-racist activist, socialist and member of Québec solidaire, for a discussion on this inspiring movement.
Organized by the Toronto East branch of the International Socialists.
Monday, May 9, 2022 - 07:00
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Toronto East International Socialists

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