Ultimatum http://rougesquad.org/taxonomy/term/10/all en Student associations come together as summit nears http://rougesquad.org/en/content/student-associations-come-together-summit-nears <div class="field field-name-field-publication-date field-type-datetime field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><span class="date-display-single" property="dc:date" datatype="xsd:dateTime" content="2012-12-03T00:00:00-05:00">Monday, December 3, 2012</span></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-publication-source field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-inline clearfix"><h3 class="field-label">Source: </h3><ul class="links inline"><li class="taxonomy-term-reference-0"><a href="/source/ultimatum" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Ultimatum</a></li></ul></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><blockquote><p>"The student associations have ruled that the summit’s structure does not allow for a real debate on the mission of public universities"</p> </blockquote> <p><em><strong>More than sixty different student associations gathered at Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières (UQTR) on December 1 and 2 for the Rassemblement National Étudiant (RNÉ)—national student conference—to look back on last spring’s student strike and consider courses of action to take for the summit.</strong></em></p> <p>From the outset, the participating student associations emphasized the importance of direct democracy in creating a strong balance of power in the face of the state and the economic elite. The open-ended general strike was necessary to escalate pressure tactics in order to win their case and create an unprecedented popular movement. Furthermore, given the numerous court orders the student associations were confronted with, they reaffirmed the importance of solidarity between local student associations in developing the protest movement and implementing strike mandates. Police repression and the judicialization of the conflict have been condemned by the delegates present. The RNÉ has therefore taken a position in favour of withdrawing all criminal and civil charges filed against those arrested during the strike, as well as institutional charges brought against the professors and students involved.</p> <p></div></div></div> Thu, 20 Dec 2012 05:09:41 +0000 admin 136 at http://rougesquad.org 1992 to 2012 - 20 Years of Neoliberalism http://rougesquad.org/en/content/1992-2012-20-years-neoliberalism <div class="field field-name-field-publication-date field-type-datetime field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><span class="date-display-single" property="dc:date" datatype="xsd:dateTime" content="2012-08-15T00:00:00-04:00">Wednesday, August 15, 2012</span></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-publication-source field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-inline clearfix"><h3 class="field-label">Source: </h3><ul class="links inline"><li class="taxonomy-term-reference-0"><a href="/source/ultimatum" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Ultimatum</a></li></ul></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><h2>-1994- (Parti Québécois Elected)</h2> <ul><li>The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) takes effect<br /><br /> The agreement worries many societal groups, who see it as an increase in the exploitation of the poorest classes to the profit of large companies.</li> <li>Tuition Freeze<br /><br /> The Government announces the end of the tuition freeze that has been in effect since 1989.</li> </ul><h2>-1996-</h2> <ul><li>1500 doctors and 4000 nurses are forced by the government to go on early retirement<br /><br /> Pauline Marois, minister of Education, decides at the same time to limit enrollment in the nursing schools. The combination of these two measures will have a disastrous effect on the healthcare system.</li> <li>Tuition Unfreeze<br /><br /> Marois announces her intention to unfreeze tuition fees after less than two years of tuition freeze. A wave of student protests forces her to retreat.</li> </ul><p></div></div></div> Sun, 02 Sep 2012 19:56:47 +0000 admin 129 at http://rougesquad.org What is the point of education? http://rougesquad.org/en/content/what-point-education <div class="field field-name-field-publication-date field-type-datetime field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><span class="date-display-single" property="dc:date" datatype="xsd:dateTime" content="2012-04-11T00:00:00-04:00">Wednesday, April 11, 2012</span></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-publication-source field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-inline clearfix"><h3 class="field-label">Source: </h3><ul class="links inline"><li class="taxonomy-term-reference-0"><a href="/source/ultimatum" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Ultimatum</a></li></ul></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p>By Marie-Pier Béland, sociology student</p> <p><strong>While it is still impossible to evaluate the scope of the impact the increase in tuition fees will have caused this year, the government has already announced its objective to continue raising fees even more violently. In order to convince us this measure is necessary, the government is recurring to the same terms as those who oppose the tuition raise: social justice, quality of education, accessibility. Under the appearance of similarity, these terms are used to portray two clashing visions and purposes of post-secondary education. As students, it is time to choose our side/camp.</strong></p> <p></div></div></div> Thu, 12 Apr 2012 03:00:51 +0000 florecita 59 at http://rougesquad.org The ’96 strike : what if history repeated itself? http://rougesquad.org/en/content/%E2%80%9996-strike-what-if-history-repeated-itself <div class="field field-name-field-publication-date field-type-datetime field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><span class="date-display-single" property="dc:date" datatype="xsd:dateTime" content="2012-04-11T00:00:00-04:00">Wednesday, April 11, 2012</span></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-publication-source field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-inline clearfix"><h3 class="field-label">Source: </h3><ul class="links inline"><li class="taxonomy-term-reference-0"><a href="/source/ultimatum" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Ultimatum</a></li></ul></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p>“Public funds are at an all-time low. We are going to have to make concessions. Students will have to pay their fair share”. Does this sound familiar to you?  This speech does not come from 2011, but from 1996, when the PQ government held the same discourse the Charest government is serving us today to justify raising tuition fees. The PQ was pretexting a crisis in public finances in order to raise tuition fees but was abruptly stopped in its tracks: the student movement was able to freeze tuition by calling a general strike. The question is: in 2012, will history repeat itself?</p> <p>As of 94, federal transfer cuts that impacted higher education were used by Lucien Bouchard as a pretext to put forward his “zero deficit” policy, in an attempt to “cure” Québec public finances.</p></div></div></div> Thu, 12 Apr 2012 02:50:52 +0000 florecita 57 at http://rougesquad.org Government compromise is drawing near: Will we know how to react? http://rougesquad.org/en/content/government-compromise-drawing-near-will-we-know-how-react <div class="field field-name-field-publication-date field-type-datetime field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><span class="date-display-single" property="dc:date" datatype="xsd:dateTime" content="2012-03-22T00:00:00-04:00">Thursday, March 22, 2012</span></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-publication-source field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-inline clearfix"><h3 class="field-label">Source: </h3><ul class="links inline"><li class="taxonomy-term-reference-0"><a href="/source/ultimatum" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Ultimatum</a></li></ul></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p>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.</p></div></div></div> Wed, 28 Mar 2012 18:25:35 +0000 julz3000 21 at http://rougesquad.org Families Support the Strike http://rougesquad.org/en/content/families-support-strike <div class="field field-name-field-publication-date field-type-datetime field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><span class="date-display-single" property="dc:date" datatype="xsd:dateTime" content="2012-03-22T00:00:00-04:00">Thursday, March 22, 2012</span></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-publication-source field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-inline clearfix"><h3 class="field-label">Source: </h3><ul class="links inline"><li class="taxonomy-term-reference-0"><a href="/source/ultimatum" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Ultimatum</a></li></ul></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p>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.</p> <p>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.</p> </div></div></div> Wed, 28 Mar 2012 18:15:53 +0000 julz3000 18 at http://rougesquad.org The 2005 Strike: A Sour Ending http://rougesquad.org/en/content/2005-strike-sour-ending <div class="field field-name-field-publication-date field-type-datetime field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><span class="date-display-single" property="dc:date" datatype="xsd:dateTime" content="2012-03-22T00:00:00-04:00">Thursday, March 22, 2012</span></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-publication-source field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-inline clearfix"><h3 class="field-label">Source: </h3><ul class="links inline"><li class="taxonomy-term-reference-0"><a href="/source/ultimatum" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Ultimatum</a></li></ul></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p>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.</p> <p>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.</p> <p>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.</p> <p>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!</p> </div></div></div> Wed, 28 Mar 2012 18:02:37 +0000 julz3000 16 at http://rougesquad.org A Demonstration for an Emancipating Education for the People http://rougesquad.org/en/content/demonstration-emancipating-education-people <div class="field field-name-field-publication-date field-type-datetime field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><span class="date-display-single" property="dc:date" datatype="xsd:dateTime" content="2012-03-22T00:00:00-04:00">Thursday, March 22, 2012</span></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-publication-source field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-inline clearfix"><h3 class="field-label">Source: </h3><ul class="links inline"><li class="taxonomy-term-reference-0"><a href="/source/ultimatum" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Ultimatum</a></li></ul></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p>Last March 13<sup>th</sup> 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.</p> <p> </p> <p><em>Why a demonstration in solidarity with all student struggles in the world and against the commercialization of education?</em></p></div></div></div> Wed, 28 Mar 2012 17:45:56 +0000 julz3000 12 at http://rougesquad.org