OTTAWA, June 15, 2011 /CNW/ - The president of the Communications,
Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada, Dave Coles, today sent the
following letter to Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Labour Minister
"I find it nothing short of incredible that after one day of strike
activity at Air Canada, you have declared a national economic crisis
and announced the government's intent to legislate against the
democratic right of workers to strike.
"Canada's forest industry lost 100,000 jobs in a five year period under
your government's watch. At one point, more than half of the Canadian
paper industry was under CCAA protection. In spite of our appeals for
help, your government did almost nothing and we were told that this
crisis was a market adjustment. No one has lost a job or even yet
missed a flight at Air Canada.
"There is no economic crisis arising from the actions of CAW at Air
Canada. There is arguably a social crisis facing the country over the
attack on workers' pension plans taking place at Air Canada and at
"The trade union movement will fight in every way possible and strike if
necessary to defend pension plans for our members and future
generations of workers. Legislation to remove our rights will only make
this struggle more conflictual and unnecessarily lengthy. I urge you to
reconsider this reckless course of action."
SOURCE COMMUNICATIONS, ENERGY AND PAPERWORKERS UNION OF CANADA
For further information:
Dave Coles (613) 299-5628