How the 1919 Winnipeg General Strike resonates today
CBC’s Marcy Markusa, Kim Kaschor explore the pivotal point in labour history
The 1919 Winnipeg General Strike for labour rights conjures up images of emboldened demonstrators overturning a streetcar, marching through city streets and the violent response from police on Bloody Saturday.
"Beyond the iconic image of the workers who set that streetcar on fire and tipped it on its side, what we found was a point in history that still resonates today with a labour market that's stretching itself in new ways and a gig economy that's redefining industry and the definition of workers rights altogether," says CBC Manitoba's Marcy Markusa.
Markusa and Kim Kaschor's holiday special, 1919: Let Us Rise, brings together archival interviews from the time of the strike with voices from today to paint a picture of the pivotal labour event and how it impacted society.