VANCOUVER - Unionized support staff and teaching assistants at B.C.'s five largest universities have served 72 hour strike notice.Canadian Union of Public Employees members at Simon Fraser University,...
The student protests shut down Quebec higher education, gained international attention and shook that province's politics. By all accounts, the democratic protests were highly successful at gaining attention.There's only one catch: the protests were anything but democratic.
Indeed, it would have been illegal for any labour union in the country to conduct itself the way the student union leadership did. The next Quebec government needs to democratize the student associations. If they want the right to strike like regular labour unions, shouldn't they be held to the same basic democratic standards?