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  • 1. Long and Deep BCFL/VDLC Delegation Orientation, June 3, 2014
  • 2.  Who are these people?
  • 3.  Isabel was the daughter of Canadian missionaries.
  • 4.  Revolution in a Chinese Village: Ten Mile Inn, well known in Chinese translation
  • 5.  In what year?
  • 6. 1970
  • 7.  Sharp remarked 25 years later: "Seldom is Canada in a position to give international leadership. This time we did so."
  • 8.  Thirty years after the founding of the People’s Republic of China
  • 9.  By communicating with the ACFTU, engaging in exchanges and dialogue  By being frank about how unions work in Canada in a capitalist society: how we organize workers; how we represent workers on the shop floor; how we bargain contracts; and how we strike to win our demands from employers
  • 10.  BEIJING, Sept. 1, 2010 (Xinhuanet) -- Amid rising concerns over trade unions' role in better protecting workers' rights and interests, the Beijing municipal trade union's move to liberate grassroots trade union chairs from their economic dependence on employers marks an important step forward.  The capital's trade union will establish a special fund to pay grassroots [workplace] trade union leaders. That will hopefully make grassroots trade unions more independent in their negotiations with employers, when workers' rights and interests are violated.  Before the 1980s, State-owned enterprises offered welfare packages to take care of almost everything in workers' daily lives. Trade unions then were actually the ones providing welfare services. Now, different forms of private businesses have become an important part of the country's economy. Employers can ignore or even violate the rights and interests of workers when their major concern is to pursue maximum profits. There are instances of employers firing trade union leaders who pressured them over workers' rights and interests. Trade union leaders can even side with employers instead.  As such, the Beijing union is working for the direct election of union leaders or have such leaders sent by higher-level unions. This will help ensure that they will be paid not by employers, but by unions. The leaders will then have less to fear of in helping the workers. Despite all possible resistance, this plan is to be put into practice.
  • 11.  “China has undergone tremendous change in the past few decades…In this context of change, would not more worker-to-worker and union- to-union exchange be positive? Through more dialogue with Chinese workers and unions, the …labour movement could promote mutually beneficial labour solidarity, move beyond the cold war and unilateralism, and refocus attention on the domestic and global corporations and associated institutions that are, in fact, the main threat to workers throughout the world.”

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