MONTREAL, Feb. 20 /CNW Telbec/ - More than ever, members of Raelian
Movement are ready to support their co-religionist, Raelian Mr. Jean-Francois
Bergeron, who has worked for the last 5 years for the "Delta Transformers"
plant in Granby, is victim of discrimination. There is no doubt about it.
Raelians will be demonstrating in great numbers Friday February 20th in front
of the plant.
According to the Bishop and president of the Canadian Raelian Movement
Marc Rivard: "It is now time for Mr. Bergeron to be reinstated at his job. The
employers of the "Delta Transformers" plant in Granby have to admit their
error and stop this unacceptable discrimination".
Let us remind you that Mr. Bergeron was dismissed on January 26, 2009 for
wearing a T-shirt sporting the words "God does not exist - www.rael.org". In
the January 2005 version of the plant's regulations, we can read:
"The display of documents of religious, indecent, racial or other
nature is forbidden."
In the January 2008 version, we see that the rule was amended:
"The display of documents or wearing clothes of religious,
discriminatory, sexual, indecent, racial or other nature is
This regulation, which forbids wearing clothes of religious nature is
completely discriminatory. Not only is it contrary to the "Charter of Rights
and Freedoms", but also to the article 3.01 of the collective labor agreement
used at the plant:
"The employer and the company's labor union agree that no employee will
be subjected to discrimination or intimidation due to his membership or
non-membership in the company's labor union, due to his skin color, his sex,
his religion, his affiliation to a lawful political party, or for any other
motive protected by the Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms, or for any other
motive seen as psychological harassment by labor standards."
The Raelian group wishes that many members of the "Métallos" labor union
be present at this demonstration. A letter of invitation was forwarded to
Mr. Rivard adds: "No representative of the "Métallos" labor union stood
up to oppose these discriminatory regulations. For this reason, their presence
at the demonstration would not only be appreciated but essential. It is their
duty to support all their members whatever their religious membership."
The demonstration which is aimed at forcing the authorities in charge of
defending Mr. Bergeron's rights to do their job, will occur at 11:45 a.m.
Friday, February 20th in front of the "Delta Transformers" plant in Granby.
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