Strikes: Catfight In Canada

Catfight In Canada

Besieged by inflation, recession and unemployment as well as his pit-level approval rating (12%), Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney is trying to regain ground by attacking "fat cat" government employees. Last week 110,000 members of the Public Service Alliance of Canada (who typically earn $450 a week) countered a Mulroney pay freeze, which wiped out their promised raise, with a countrywide strike.

Shipping, airline flights and even auto manufacturing in some places were halted. An additional 46,000 PSAC employees deemed essential -- and barred from striking -- "worked to rule" in places like customs checkpoints, where backups ranged up to 12...

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