ALMA, QC, Feb. 16, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - At a general meeting held
yesterday evening, the workers at the Rio Tinto plant in Kitimat,
British Columbia voted unanimously to provide solid financial support
to the 780 locked out Rio Tinto workers in Alma. Each of them will
dedicate the equivalent of one hour of pay to support their colleagues
in Québec, from now until July, when their own collective agreement
comes up for renewal. In concrete terms, this amounts to approximately
$60,000 per month that will go towards supporting the locked out
Steelworkers of Alma to preserve quality jobs in the region.
"We have the same employer, and the outcome of the lockout in Alma is
likely to affect us here when our turn comes. We have noted an increase
in outsourcing in the past year, we know that if RTA has free rein in
Québec to do more, the repercussions are likely to hit us here as
well," points out the President of CAW Local 2301, Ed Abreu, who
visited the locked out employees in Alma last January.
The President of Local 9490, Marc Maltais, warmly acknowledged this
support. "Apart from the financial support itself, which is very
important, this shows that the battle we are waging here is also a
battle for the entire workers' movement, a battle to preserve the
middle class," maintains Mr. Maltais.
The United Steelworkers, affiliated with the Fédération des travailleurs
et des travailleuses du Québec (FTQ), is the largest private-sector
union in Québec. It represents over 60,000 workers in a number of
sectors including mining, metallurgy, lumber, industrial manufacturing,
security, hotels, restaurants, trucking, taxi, etc.
SOURCE UNITED STEELWORKERS (USW)
For further information:
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Local 9490, 418 662-7055