The student strike is not a simple boycott: history and perspectives

Saturday, March 24, 2012

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By Association des juristes progressistes 

Whereas the number of strikers against the tuition hike has surpassed 290 000 across the province (if we include the strike on March 22nd 2012), it is important to note that the management of certain universities, like McGill, Concordia and Université de Montréal, are sending notices to their students in which they allege that the concept of strike is limited to workers under the Labour Code (R.S.Q., chapter C-27). Consequently, they qualify the movement as being a simple boycott and allege that professors should give the classes despite the strike votes taken by the student associations and threaten students with academic reprisals in case of absence or omission to give in papers.

March 22nd: A Long Battle Begins

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Julien Royal, student in communications, politics and society

Economic Disruption Week

From March 25th to 31st

More information on the calendar at www.bloquonslahausse.com

March 22 is often perceived as the climax of our strike. With more than 30 000 strikers and a gigantic protest, it is indeed a crucial day. But this day does not mark the end of our battle. Much to the contrary, March 22 is the beginning of a tug of war with the government, and the catalyst of a much longer battle.

Are Student Strikes Legal?

Thursday, March 22, 2012

It is important to begin with the affirmation that all that is not prohibited by the law is legal. While the Quebec Labour Code limits the rights of workers to strike to certain circumstances, no such law governs student strikes. Because no such law specifically governs student strikes, the only applicable legal texts are the statutes and regulations adopted by the student organisations themselves. These statutes and regulations are required to comply with Quebec’s Companies Act, which governs the legal framework of non-profit organisations. Student strikes are therefore compelled to respect the provisions of the statutes and regulations of the student associations regarding the launching and continuation of the strike (quorum for the general assembly, delays to be respected for the notice of the general assembly). Student strikes are thus legal if they respect the statutes and regulations of the student associations that vote them into effect.

Government compromise is drawing near: Will we know how to react?

Thursday, March 22, 2012

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With already several weeks of strike action under our belts, we are continuing to step up symbolic actions, protests and blockages – we have reached a point where strike actions are taking place every single day! Teachers, community groups, families, unions and several world organizations have already rallied in support of students in the struggle for educational justice. The right to education movement has gone beyond the simple issue of tuition hikes – it has made it possible to clearly express that we are fed up of sitting back while our collective future is defined by the demands of the political and economic elite.

Families Support the Strike

Thursday, March 22, 2012

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On Sunday, March 18th, thousands of families united to support students in their fight against tuition hikes. In response to CLASSE’s initiative, citizens from many cities in Quebec took advantage of the sunny Sunday afternoon to voice their point of view.

In Montreal, close to 30 000 people of all ages came together, while Quebec and Sherbrooke hosted marches 1500 strong in support of the right to education.

The 2005 Strike: A Sour Ending

Thursday, March 22, 2012

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On April 1st 2005, after a 5 week unlimited general strike which had principally been organized by member associations of the CASSÉE (today’s CLASSE), the FECQ and FEUQ accepted to negotiate with the government while excluding the CASSÉE from the discussion.

These federations negotiated a cut-rate agreement with the government, which their associations found out about …through the media. As a result, some associations decided to go back to class, and this first assent was sufficient pull the rest of the movement down with it.

However, 110 000 out of a grand total of 185 000 striking students who rejected the agreement in their general assemblies had to unwillingly put an end to the strike.

Let’s save ourselves the rage and despair of our predecessors, who had to go back to class empty-handed. As of now, let us cement our position: our demands are clear, our forces sufficient!

A Demonstration for an Emancipating Education for the People

Thursday, March 22, 2012

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Last March 13th in Montreal, more than 3000 people took part in a demonstration organized by CLASSE in order to show their solidarity with all student struggles in the world as well as to protest against the commercialization of education.  Considering the international scope of this demonstration, student organizations from everywhere in the world were contacted.  Established groups in Argentina, Brazil, Chili, Colombia, France, Germany, Guatemala, Japan, the United States, Venezuela and Ontario answered the call by confirming that they support the strike movement underway in Quebec and that they would organize symbolic actions on that day.

 

Why a demonstration in solidarity with all student struggles in the world and against the commercialization of education?

Concordia Anthro and Soc Students Letter to Professors

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

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Dear professors,

Tomorrow, Thursday, the university will be closed and students will gather for a massive day of action against the proposed increase to tuition fees and the broader privatization of the university.  Our department's professors are abreast of the stakes on a personal level, as employees of the university and at an intellectual level, having surely considered these issues at length.  Let me leave the concrete issues aside for now.

The CARRÉ NOIR Manifesto

Friday, March 16, 2012

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ANARCHISTS AMONG MANY OTHERS!

We are students. We are workers. We are the unemployed. We are angry. We are not co-opting a strike. We have been part of the movement from the beginning. We are one of the forms this movement has taken, a form as valid as any of the others. We are not extremists, we have a radical critique of this society of which we are a part. We do not infiltrate demonstrations, we help organize them, we bring them alive. We are not sabotaging the strike, we are one with it, we are helping organize it, we keep its heartbeat alive.

We are organized to fight against this violent and oppressive system. We believe that the violence of the system that attacks social classes and entire populations justifies violence that targets objects and the political agents that the cops are. We shroud ourselves in black to try to escape the repression of a system that has proven its intolerance of dissent (Toronto 2010, Montebello 2007, Québec 2001, every March 15th, March 7, 2012, etc.). Our black flags are a rejection of that fleur-de-lys adorned flag whose symbols—the king and the church—horrify us. The black bloc is not a group. It’s a tactic, a tactic that contrasts the docile obeying of laws and norms with civil disobedience and direct action.

Education is a universal right - Geography Prof Statement

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

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Education is a universal right, not a privilege nor a commodity, and the threat to that right would be detrimental for many reasons. One of the most obvious reasons is that it would contribute to economic inequalities (access to skills and a degree that provides opportunities for job access and advancement in labour markets). But the reasons go well beyond the immediate 'economic' ones and also have to do with issues of social integration and political empowerment.   

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