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Wage the working class struggle: Onwards with the fight against neoliberalism

International Workers’ Day National Statement Congress of Progressive Filipino Canadians May 3, 2013 The Congress of Progressive Filipino Canadians (CPFC) commemorates International Workers’ Day with renewed vigor and militancy as this past May 1st signified both the historic and deepening need to uphold and advance the struggles of the working class all over the globe. As a day representing the 127th anniversary of the Haymarket Square demonstration in Chicago on May 4th, 1886—which yielded the 8-hour workday standard, the abolition of child labour and safer working conditions—International Workers’ Day also serves as a reminder of the roles workers today must take on in carrying forward the legacy of resistance amidst the intensifying and ruthless assaults of the neoliberal agenda of globalization on the lives of millions of working class people. Instigated by the clout of corporate greed and its ever-growing appetite for profit, neoliberal mechanisms make labour contractual, flexible and disposable, pushing workers’ exploitation and oppression to ever more sophisticated, drastic and much deadlier forms than ever before. It is in this regard that the CPFC calls on [...]

By | May 2nd, 2013|Categories: Uncategorized|1 Comment

Filipino janitorial and maintenance workers triumph over deportation threat in Halifax

For immediate release May 2, 2013 Toronto, ON—SIKLAB Ontario (Advance and Uphold the Struggles of Filipino Canadian Workers) and the member organizations of the Magkaisa Centre commend the strength and courage of the janitorial and maintenance workers in Halifax, Nova Scotia in speaking out and standing up against the unscrupulous practices held by their employer, Mantolino Property Services, Ltd. This is an achievement that affects not only the workers immediately involved in the case, but the thousands of other workers as well who continue to be underpaid, overworked and highly vulnerable to various forms of exploitation and oppression under the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP). As labour becomes more and more flexible, contractual and disposable under neoliberal globalization, this also represents an important victory for all workers in Canada SIKLAB Ontario, together with its sister organizations, extend a message of solidarity to the workers in their triumph to stay in Canada after facing the threat of deportation while their employer remains under investigation. Mantolino has contracts to provide janitorial and cleaning services to 13 municipal buildings, including Halifax [...]

By | May 1st, 2013|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Conference announcement: “Making the Youth Count in Canada’s Future: The Struggle of Young Workers in the Age of Austerity and Neoliberal Globalization”

Conference announcement April 19, 2013 Toronto, ON—The Filipino Canadian Youth Alliance of Ontario/Ugnayan ng Kabataang Pilipino sa Canada–Ontario (UKPC/FCYA-ON) invites all youth and young workers to attend “Making the Youth Count in Canada’s Future: The Struggle of Young Workers in the Age of Austerity and Neoliberal Globalization”, an Ontario-wide conference which will be held on August 3rd at the United Steel Workers Hall in Toronto. We continue to witness the neoliberal agenda of globalization intensify its attack in Canada through its main driver, the Conservative government. This is evident in the changes to employment and labour standards, the push towards flexible and temporary labour, the implementation of austerity policies and the push towards privatization and cutbacks of public services. These ongoing reforms and changes undeniably denigrate the lives of all working people in Canada including, im/migrants, students, Aboriginal peoples and the newly-arrived, which indicate that no sector, occupation group or community is off-limits to the impacts of the neoliberal agenda. Currently, Canada’s future generation, the youth, are subjected to an all-time high unemployment rate of 14%, which is [...]

By | April 18th, 2013|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Harper government’s scapegoating of RBC: a futile attempt at washing their hands clean of anti-worker agenda

For immediate release April 18, 2013 Toronto, ON—The Congress of Progressive Filipino Canadians (CPFC) admonish the Conservative government’s hypocrisy in putting on a façade of righteousness amidst the controversial lay-offs by the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) of citizen workers and their subsequent replacement by temporary foreign workers. As the leading brokers and agents who have legislated and legitimized such flexible labour regimes, the Conservative government must be held responsible for the “restructuring” of the Canadian labour force as cheap, flexible and disposable through the expansion of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP). RBC’s firing of about 45 employees and subsequent replacement with Indian IT specialists, for the sheer benefit of acquiring cheaper labour and for cutting costs, stands as but one example of the neoliberal agenda’s ongoing attack on the livelihood and well-being of all working people in Canada. While the rights and needs of all workers continue to be disregarded and circumvented over the interests of the private and corporate sectors, the Conservative government cannot continue to operate with impunity and must be held accountable. The [...]

By | April 18th, 2013|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Film Screening: “My Folks: Building a Home in Canada”

Join SIKLAB Ontario and the member organizations of the Magkaisa Centre in celebrating International Workers Day 2013 with a film screening of "My Folks: Building a Home in Canada" (a photovoice video project). Guided by the advocacy work of the Magkaisa Centre, the My Folks film sets focus on portraying the Filipino Canadian community’s experiences of migration and the challenges of genuinely settling in Canada. Fitting under the theme of home building, the film follows the stories of two women who have come through the Live-in Caregiver Program in search of a better life for themselves and their families—a plight familiar to many members of the Filipino Canadian community. Be a part of the Q&A and discussion session to find out more about the issues that affect us all as women, youth and workers in Canada, including topics regarding healthcare, education, housing needs, employment and more. What: a film screening of the “My Folks: Building a Home in Canada” photovoice project followed by a Q&A discussion session When: Saturday, April 27, 2013, 4pm to 6pm Where: Ontario Institute [...]

By | April 13th, 2013|Categories: Slideshow|0 Comments

2013 federal budget takes sacrificial approach in economic development at the expense of human development

National statement For immediate release April 12, 2013 Toronto, ON—The Congress of Progressive Filipino Canadians (CPFC) denounces the empty rhetoric behind the Conservative government’s economic action plan and its 2013 federal budget in purporting to advance “Jobs, Growth and Long-term Prosperity,” as it instead tables an attempt to jeopardize the employment, development and future security and stability of all workers in Canada. The 2013 budget has again proven where the Conservative government’s priorities lie, as the interests of big business and corporate development are prioritized above all else—such as having meaningful and secure employment and accessible and affordable public services. This next phase of the economic action plan follows suit in the clawing back of already deeply-recessed public funds and services, as inflicted by massive cutbacks and austerity measures. The CPFC continues to question and challenge the outright assault of the neoliberal agenda that is tightly woven into the budget as it intently degrades and devalues the roles of working-class communities as vital contributors and builders of Canada. We stand critical against the rhetoric of “job creation” and [...]

By | April 12th, 2013|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

End violence against women, justice for Rehtaeh Parsons!

National statement For immediate release April 12, 2013 Toronto, ON–Members of the National Alliance of Philippine Women in Canada (NAPWC) are deeply saddened and mourn the loss of Rehtaeh Parsons, a 17 year old high school student from Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia. Rehtaeh’s young life was taken away by the grief of a crime committed against her dignity and humanity as a woman. As the news of her rape and the cyberbullying inflicted on her fill the mainstream media, we are reminded of the ongoing brutality of crimes perpetuated against women. We are also reminded that our escalating victimization and violation continue to be bolstered by the institution of patriarchy and male domination in its effort to further subordinate and subjugate women in this society. Moreover, we are angered and appalled by the obvious neglect of the RCMP to treat Rehtaeh's tortuous ordeal as a case of violence. By turning a blind eye on the seriousness and the gravity of the assault, the RCMP shows their complicity in condoning the actions of the perpetrators. Thus, their outright denial [...]

By | April 11th, 2013|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Struggle for environmental protection and regeneration: youth in solidarity from Ontario to Bataan

Solidarity statement for Youth for Nationalism and Democracy April 3, 2013 Toronto, ON—Ugnayan ng Kabataang Pilipino sa Canada/Filipino Canadian Youth Alliance of Ontario (UKPC/FCYA-ON) lends its support to Youth for Nationalism and Democracy (YND) and their four-day conference titled “Struggle for Environmental Protection and Regeneration (STEPGen),” taking place between April 19th and 22nd in Bataan, Philippines. With great pride, UKPC/FCYA-ON salutes YND for their efforts and leadership in further developing a strong environmental perspective and stance in an era of intensifying neoliberal globalization and climate change. As foreign entities continue to seize and extract greater amounts of natural resources from the Philippines, areas of the country provide some of the clearest examples of environmental degradation and pollution under imperialist globalization. From open pit mining projects operated by Canadian mining corporations to large-scale commercial fishing ships that scrape the seafloor bare, there is no resource in the Philippines that will be left unexploited in the trajectory of imperialist expansion, including the exploitation of Filipinos as a source of cheap and disposable labour. Here in Canada, there is a tremendous [...]

By | April 3rd, 2013|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Combat systemic racism by exposing and opposing Canada’s neoliberal agenda

Statement for the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination April 3, 2013 Toronto, ON—As we commemorate the recent International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, the Ugnayan ng Kabataang Pilipino sa Canada/Filipino Canadian Youth Alliance (UKPC/FCYA) calls on all youth to reaffirm their role in combatting systemic racism, especially in today’s era of neoliberal globalization. This day was not only a day to revisit and to learn about the various forms and experiences of racism from the past, but it was also a day that served to remind all racialized communities that the fight against racism is far from over. As such, we, progressive Filipino Canadian youth, declare our unrelenting commitment to continue exposing and opposing present-day systemic racism and all its manifestations. Here in Canada, systemic racism continues to thrive in the guise of neoliberal policies that push and lock communities of colour into the very margins of society. As Canada takes pride of its “cultural diversity,” as it is the first country in the world to adopt multiculturalism as an official policy, it [...]

Free free Palestine! Occupation is a crime!

UKPC@York at SAIA York Rally for Divestment and Change, a set on Flickr. Solidarity statement March 27, 2013 Toronto, ON--As progressive Filipino Canadians, we condemn Canada's conservative government for its blatant support of the Israeli state's occupation and attacks on the Palestinians. We, in solidarity with Students Against Israeli Apartheid, and all other organizations and individuals who are against the illegal occupation of Palestine, fervently declare that we endorse the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement. On Thursday March 21, 2013, the York Federation of Students passed a motion to support the BDS Movement. At the board meeting, before the motion was passed, students were given the opportunity to express their opinions on the motion. Those both for and against the motion gave compelling speeches, but it is still clear, as it has always been, who is the oppressor. Yet, a common theme among the Zionist cohort was victimization. In fact, one of the Zionist representatives expressed repeatedly that she would be “uncomfortable” as a student at York University if the motion was passed. Unfortunately, she is not the [...]

By | March 27th, 2013|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Struggle Continues: A Successful International Women’s Day Celebration

For immediate release March 18, 2013 Toronto, ON—This International Women’s Day, more than 50 participants enjoyed a night of vital debate and lively celebration at the Philippine Women Centre of Ontario’s (PWC-ON) celebratory film screening, dinner and discussion on March 8th. Many who attended this event also marched with PWC-ON the following day for Toronto’s International Women’s Day demonstration and rally. Both events served to heighten women's unity and resolve, as the struggle of women in Canada continues to grow and to deepen in strength and militancy amidst the onslaughts of neoliberal globalization that take away women’s hard-won rights through regressive social policies. Or­ganized by PWC-ON with the support of its sister organizations under the Magkaisa Centre, SIKLAB Ontario (Advance and Uphold the Struggles of Filipino Canadian Workers), and Ugnayan ng Kabataang Pilipino sa Canada/Filipino Canadian Youth Alliance of Ontario, the event "Celebrating IWD: A Film Screening of Karen Cho's 'Status Quo?: The Unfinished Business of Feminism in Canada' " took place at the University of Toronto’s Ontario Institute for Studies in Education. It provided organizers and participants [...]

By | March 18th, 2013|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments