TORONTO, July 8, 2013 /CNW/ - Members of Unite, Great Britain's largest
union, have come to Ontario to protest the anti-labour behaviour of
European corporation Ferrovial and its links to the billion-dollar 407
ETR (Express Toll Route) extension.
Unite members and their supporters will be conducting informational
picketing at various times throughout the week at the 407 ETR
International corporate offices and at other locations.
Unite has led a campaign against alleged blacklisting of union activists
by a consortium of companies, including Ferrovial, involved in the
massive Crossrail railway project in England.
Ferrovial also is the parent company of Cintra Infraestructuras S.A.
that partnered with Canada's SNC-Lavalin in securing a $1-billion
contract for the 407 ETR extension east of Toronto.
Cintra and SNC-Lavalin, in partnership with the Canada Pension Plan
Investment Board, also are the owners of 407 International Inc.
United Steelworkers (USW) members will be joining Unite union members
this week to picket the 407 International offices.
"We believe Cintra and its parent company Ferrovial should demonstrate
that they will not tolerate anti-union behaviour anywhere in the world
where they operate," said Ken Neumann, USW National Director.
"We support our brothers and sisters in the United Kingdom in demanding
that Cintra and Ferrovial respect fundamental workers' rights," Neumann
News agencies in Spain are reporting that the public prosecution office
has compiled a report into local corruption that alleges Ferrovial paid
a total of 6.6 million Euros in kickbacks to a local political party.
The Spanish reports follow fraud and bribery allegations against the
SNC-Lavalin Group in several countries and measures such as a World
Bank ban prohibiting SNC-Lavalin from bidding on projects for 10
Last month the USW called for Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne to
investigate the awarding of the 407 ETR contract to the
Cintra-SNC-Lavalin partnership, in light of alleged anti-labour
practices and corruption.
"The kickback allegations involving Ferrovial in Spain make it doubly
important to investigate the 407 ETR contract," Neumann said. "These
scandals raise serious question about whether companies like Ferrovial
and SNC-Lavalin should be getting public contracts."
SOURCE: United Steelworkers (USW)
For further information:
Ken Neumann, USW National Director for Canada, 416-544-5951
Joe Drexler, USW Strategic Campaigns, 416-544-6009, 416-434-7907, firstname.lastname@example.org
Bob Gallagher, USW Communications, 416-544-5966, 416-434-2221, email@example.com