CEP rallies in support of H.J. Jones workers



    LONDON, ON, Aug. 14 /CNW Telbec/ - The Communications, Energy and
Paperworkers Union of Canada is holding a demonstration today in support of
laid-off workers at the former H.J. Jones packaging plant at 1155 Dundas
Street East London, Ontario, where an auction of the plant's equipment is
taking place. H.J. Jones has refused to pay severance pay to any of its
employees.
    "Many Ontario workers don't know this, but they have little protection if
they are laid off," says Bob Huget, CEP Ontario Region Vice-President.
    "Workers at H.J. Jones had up to 30 or 40 years of service when
H.J. Jones shut its doors a few months ago, but because the total number of
workers had fallen under the magical number of 50, these workers have not only
lost their jobs; they now face losing their homes."
    "H.J. Jones has been refusing for months now to comply with requests made
by the CEP under the Employment Standards Act for disclosure on the company's
payroll and number of employees. We demand that H.J. Jones and American-based
Knight Packaging Group accept corporate responsibility and pay their loyal
employees severance pay. It's a travesty that a U.S. company like Knight
Packaging can take over H.J. Jones, close the plant, take the customers and
patents, and throw workers on the street with no severance."
    "Premier McGuinty and Minister of Labour Brad Duguid promised to review
the Employment Standards Act to help workers. H.J. Jones is now auctioning off
its equipment, but our workers are still getting nothing. We are calling on
the government to stop talking and to change the Employment Standards Act to
help these workers now."




For further information:

For further information: Bob Huget, CEP Ontario Region Vice-President,
(613) 299-9839; Josephine Petcher, CEP National Representative, (647)
988-4248

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