MIAMI, Oct. 30, 2013 /CNW/ - The campaign to end an eight-week strike
against Crown Holdings escalated in a major way today, as the United
Steelworkers (USW) leafleted the headquarters of Carnival Corporation
in Doral, Fla., to protest the role of CEO Arnold Donald, who also is a
Crown Holdings director.
The expanded campaign against packaging giant Crown Holdings is
targeting all of the company's directors, including Donald. The leaflet
handed out to Carnival employees today as they arrived at work calls on
Donald to act to end the Crown Holdings strike and ensure employees get
a fair deal.
U.S.-based Crown Holdings provoked a strike by USW members at its
Toronto manufacturing plant in early September. The USW believes that
by supporting Crown Holdings in its forced strike, Arnold Donald is
undermining Carnival's business model that relies on good wages and
employer-paid leave to fill Carnival's ships.
Donald's role in the Crown strike is bringing unwanted attention to
Carnival at a time when the company is recovering from numerous
setbacks and blows to its image due to the Costa Concordia disaster and
other major incidents of cruise ships malfunctioning at sea, stranded
passengers and on-board fatalities.
USW members were asked to stop the leafleting today, but they refused
after reminding Carnival's security personnel that they were on public
property outside the headquarters.
A main issue in the Crown strike is corporate efforts to impose a
permanent lower wage scale for new and younger workers.
USW members are lining up support throughout the labour movement for
their global campaign.
Letters to Mr. Donald protesting his role in the Crown strike were sent
by Ken Georgetti, President of the Canadian Labour Congress, which
represents three million workers in Canada and by Jyrki Raina, General
Secretary of IndustriALL, a global union federation representing 50
million workers worldwide.
The USW has been meeting with other labour organizations to discuss
expanding the campaign.
The USW is also working closely with the Turkish trade union movement,
whose members also have been under attack by Crown Holdings.
View the leaflet distributed at Carnival headquarters here: Carnival flyer
For more information, visit www.usw.ca/crownholdings.
SOURCE: United Steelworkers (USW)
For further information:
Joe Drexler, USW Strategic Campaigns, 416-434-7907
Bob Gallagher, USW Communications, 416-544-5966, 416-434-2221, firstname.lastname@example.org