RBC and job theft   Leave a comment

In Canada this week the curtain has been briefly pulled aside, revealing the fact that RBC, and many other corporations, have been using the Harper government’s Temporary Foreign Worker program to take jobs away from Canadians. As Haroon Siddiqui wrote in The Toronto Star,

The scandalous RBC case is one twist in a complicated labour scam…”

Outsourcing, offshoring and the Temporary Foreign Worker program are all examples of how corporations, and their business-friendly governments, put profits before people. It seems that there is no sense of social responsibility among corporations, as the case with RBC illustrates.

Thomas Walkom wrote about the neo-liberal worldview of the economy in his column about the death of Margaret Thatcher.

” Margaret Thatcher is dead. Views differ on how to mark her passing. But the more important story is that Thatcherism — the hard-nosed approach to economic policy that still carries the former British prime minister’s name — is also dead.”

Graffiti referring to the death of former prime minister Margaret Thatcher, on the Falls Road in West Belfast, sums up some of the many emotions that boiled over at the news of her death.

CATHAL MCNAUGHTON / REUTERS Graffiti referring to the death of former prime minister Margaret Thatcher, on the Falls Road in West Belfast, sums up some of the many emotions that boiled over at the news of her death.

Walkom’s analysis brought this home to Canada …

“In Canada, it is still worshipped by a generation of conservative politicians who see themselves as Thatcher’s children — people such as Prime Minister Stephen Harper, federal Treasury Board President Tony Clement and Ontario Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak.”

For the full column by Thomas Walkom, http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2013/04/10/thatcherism_and_margaret_thatcher_are_both_dead_walkom.html

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