Operation Solidarity

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Operation Solidarity

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On July 7, 1983, the Social Credit government of British Columbia introduced a budget and twenty-six pieces of legislation that would slash funding to social services, schools, and reduce the rights of workers and trade unions. Eight days later, union leaders from across the province met with Art Kube, president of the BC Federation of Labour, to discuss a united response. They formed Operation Solidarity, a movement representing 400,000 workers with the common goal of stopping the cuts announced by the government and achieving a just society. Operation Solidarity organized several well attended rallies across the province and pressured the government into negotiating changes to the proposed legislation. A related organization, Solidarity Coalition, was formed by activists and community members opposing the restraint policies of the Social Credit government, and concerned that their wider concerns were not represented by union leaders in the coalition. Operation Solidarity ended in controversy, with many people disappointed with its lack of success.


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Revised January 25, 2016. SS



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