CAW Turns out to Support Striking USW members at ECP, Demands End to Use of Scabs at Brantford, Ontario Plant
September 16, 2010, 11:33 AM EST
CAW members in Brantford and the surrounding area will be lending support to the picket lines at Engineered Coated Products on Thursday, September 16, as part of the 72 hour picket organized by the Brantford and District Labour Council, the Ontario Federation of Labour, the Canadian Labour Congress and the Brantford Strike Action Coalition.
The CAW is calling for an end to the use of scab labour which is only having the impact of prolonging the strike and dragging down working conditions for everyone, said CAW Kitchener Area Director Bill Gibson.
"This situation has been going on for two years because our government fails to protect the collective bargaining process. Collective bargaining is corrupted by permitting the use of scab labour, giving the employer no compelling reason to return to the negotiating table," said Gibson. "It cuts the arms off of labour. That the use of scab labour is allowed in this province is offensive to the rights of working people and is entirely absurd."
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CAW President Local 27 Tim Carrie
CAW Local 504 President Randy Smith
OFL President Sid Ryan
Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath
OSSTF Vice President Sandi Sahli
CAW National Secretary-Treasurer Peter Kennedy
CAW Kitchener Area Director Bill Gibson
Robin Dudley- CAW Canada Local 1917 President
Brantford District Labour Council President Garry MacDonald
Brant Federal NDP Candidate Marc Laferriere
Bruce Weber USW 1-500 President