Concordia University info session on student strikes Friday, Jan. 11

The Concordia Student Union (CSU), which represents the more than 35,000 undergraduate students at Montreal’s Concordia University, will host an information session on the student strikes against unpaid internships.

Part of CSU Winter Orientation, this info session will take place on Friday, Jan. 11 from 3 to 5 PM, in room 2.789 of the EV Building (corner Ste-Catherine & Guy).

During the province-wide week of strikes in November 2018, the only associations from an English-language institution to participate were those of undergraduate and graduate students in social work at McGill. Will more join in the unlimited general strike planned for the winter of 2019?

Although the CSU may be too large and diverse an organization to be able to effectively carry out a strike mandate itself, it does support the strike, and some of Concordia’s departmental and faculty associations have not hesitated to take such action in the past.

From the Facebook event page:

“This past November, 58,000 students across Quebec were on strike to demand remuneration for student internships. Tens of thousands marched in the streets in Gatineau, Sherbrooke, Rimouski, Quebec City, and Montreal. Now, they’re gearing up for a general strike to take place this winter.

“So, what’s the deal with unpaid internships? What does a student strike look like? And how do we get there?

“Come to this information session to learn more about unpaid internships and the Quebec-wide mobilization. Meet allies at Concordia and beyond, and get involved in the struggle for accessible education and a more just society!”

Image: Concordia Student Union