The Canadian Labour Movement
A Short History
The Canadian Labour Movement tells the story of Canada’s workers since the mid-nineteenth century, painting a vivid picture of key developments, such as the birth of craft unionism, the breakthroughs of the forties and sixties, and the setbacks of the early twenty-first century.
The Fourth Edition of this book has been completely updated with a substantial new chapter covering the period from the great recession of 2008 through to 2020. The Harper government’s restrictions on labour rights, the rise of the “gig economy” and precarious work, and continued de-industrialization in the private sector are investigated, alongside the response from an increasingly diverse labour movement.