Building the Working Class Movement



January 29 – 30, 2011 — Toronto

The Labour Committee of the Greater Toronto Workers Assembly (GTWA) is organizing a conference where activists can come together to talk about the attacks on the working-class in every dimension of our lives, reframe the public discussion and launch a united activist network of workers from all sectors, unions and precarious workers, new immigrants and non-unionized workers to mobilize a new kind of working class movement.

The conference is a chance to come together to build the fight-back we’ve all been waiting for, but which will never happen unless we make it happen. We need a new kind of fighting working-class movement – a movement that builds across workplaces, communities and unions and the non-unionized majority of the working-class.

This conference will be a space to:

  • Explore strategies, share resources and build capacity for resistance and mobilizing to win within our unions, workplaces and our communities
  • Discuss challenges within the existing labour movement and how to take back these spaces for working class struggles
  • Hear from key note speakers who will share their insights into the global economic situation and how to build a fighting working class movement that is needed to challenge capitalism
  • Develop an action plan for participants and the GTWA that will build the strategies and foundation that is necessary to win working class struggles for unionized, precarious, migrant, immigrant, unemployed and/or underemployed workers

Bring your hopes and ideas – as well as all those workers, neighbours, activist, and friends that you regularly interact with who are equally fed-up, frustrated and are hungry for a new beginning. If not now, when?

Saturday, January 29, 7-9pm: Features an opening panel and discussion on the state of resistance today and
Sunday January 30, 10am-6pm: Offers a keynote speaker, workshops, small group discussion and a large forum to discuss collective action.

Location: Ryerson Student Centre – Oakham House, 63 Gould Street, Toronto.

Registration Begins: Wednesday, December 22nd on-line – Early registration will help to ensure workshop choices can be met. For more information, to register and check agenda, go to:

Registration Cost to be paid at conference – sliding scale with suggested rates – $20 waged, $10 unwaged/student or pwyc.

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