Fight for honorable wages, work conditions at hostile Chinese-Canadian
OTTAWA, Sept. 21, 2011 /CNW/ - Workers at Ming Pao Newspapers in Toronto will rally today (Wed. Sept.
21) at 2 p.m. in front of the prominent daily paper at 1355 Huntingwood
Drive in the heart of the Chinese-Canadian community. The 138 employees
of the newspaper began a legal strike today.
"We are fighting for better pay and better treatment," said Simon Sung,
the 32-year old graphic artist who was elected as the workplace union
leader. "We shouldn't have to accept low pay and minimum labour
standards just because we aren't working in the mainstream English
The major issues in the negotiations are wages and sales commissions,
long hours, minimum vacation, and job security. The workers have been
without a first contract since forming their union one year ago.
"Ten years ago, Chinese-Canadian staff went on a successful strike at
Ming Pao's competitor, Sing Tao Daily, for the five-day work week and
better wages," said Paul Morse, President of the Communications, Energy
and Paperworkers Union of Canada Local 87-M Southern Ontario Newsmedia
"That employer was bankrolled by Torstar, a Canadian media giant. This
conflict is different. It's a Chinese-Canadian business exploiting
"This employer's hostility to the unionization of its enterprise is
palpable," he said. "This has the ingredients of a classic labour
SOURCE COMMUNICATIONS, ENERGY AND PAPERWORKERS UNION OF CANADA
For further information:
Paul Morse: 905-536-5650
Simon Sung: 647-404-9428