OTTAWA, Feb. 3, 2012 /CNW/ - The decision announced today that US
Caterpillar Corporation will close its Electro-Motive plant in London
instead of negotiating with the Canadian Autoworkers Union requires an
immediate response from the Canadian and Ontario governments." That
statement from Dave Coles, President of the Communications, Energy and
Paperworkers Union of Canada (CEP).
"This decision is a slap in the face to Canada which gave Electro-Motive
tax breaks to protect jobs," continues Coles.
"It's an act of corporate aggression against Canada and we should
retaliate with an immediate tariff against Caterpillar products
imported to Canada. The Ontario and federal governments should take
the same action in this situation as former Premier Danny Williams did
at AbitiBowater in Newfoundland - they should seize the Caterpillar
assets in London and ensure that all community and worker obligations
are fully met.
"Why do we have governments, if not to protect Canadians against this
kind of corporate agression?
"There will be a strong labour response to Caterpillar's aggression
against Canada. CEP is prepared to throw its full support behind any
actions that the CAW and central labour bodies take to achieve justice
for these workers," concludes Coles.
CEP is the largest union in several key sectors of the Canadian economy,
including forestry, energy, communications and media.
SOURCE COMMUNICATIONS, ENERGY AND PAPERWORKERS UNION OF CANADA
For further information:
Dave Coles (613) 299-5628