Michel Chartrand was a Canadian trade union leader from Quebec. Chartrand is considered to have been a promoter of socialism, a severe critic of capitalism, and a leading figure of syndicalism in Quebec. He was married to feminist writer and union activist Simonne Monet-Chartrand. Il devient militant syndical à partir de la fin des années 1940. Durant la Grande noirceur, il participe à toutes les grandes manifestations ouvrières, dont la grève de l'amiante en 1949, de Louiseville en 1952 et de Murdochville en 1957. En 1968, il devient président du Conseil central des syndicats nationaux de Montréal (CCSNM) de la Confédération des syndicats nationaux (CSN), qu'il quittera en 1978. E… Read more
Syndicalism is a current in the labor movement to establish local, worker-based organizations and advance the demands and rights of workers through strikes. Major syndicalist organizations include the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW), the General Confederation of Labor in France, the National Confederation of Labour in Spain, the Italian Syndicalist Union, the Free Workers' Union of Germany, and the Argentine Regional Workers' Federation. A number of syndicalist organizations were and still are to this day linked in the International Workers' Association.
Syndicalists advocate direct action, including working to rule, passive resistance, sabotage, and strikes, p… Read more