CLC launches full boycott of Petro-Canada - Workers locked out for almost one year



    MONTREAL, Oct. 28 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian Labour Congress has
launched a full national boycott of Petro-Canada gas stations and consumer
products.
    CLC President Ken Georgetti announced the boycott while speaking to
Communications, Energy and Paperworkers national convention in Montreal this
morning. Petro-Canada locked out the 260 members of CEP Local 175 almost one
year ago.
    "We are going to ask every single member of every union in this country
to rip-up their Petro-Canada cards and boycott Petro-Canada from now until
this dispute is settled and every locked-out CEP member is back on the job,"
Mr. Georgetti told the 1,500 convention participants.
    "...and if Petro-Canada wants to hurt these members then we'll see how it
feels when 3.2 million members of the CLC hurt their profits!"
    At a rally today at noon, CEP President Dave Coles will stress that the
company's refusal to bargain the same pattern settlement that it negotiated at
Petro-Canada plants in B.C., Alberta and Ontario, proves that "this is not a
fight over wages or benefits."
    "It is an attempt by the company to break the union's pattern bargaining
system.
    "With the clear intention of provoking a conflict, the company demanded a
six-year term -- breaking one of the two basic issues (wages and length of
agreement) agreed to by other companies in the pattern. It also piled on
demands to take back gains achieved long ago."
    CEP Administrative Vice-President, Quebec, Joe Gargiso says "the
management and strike-breakers who are operating the refinery are tired and
overworked - a situation that increasingly jeopardizes the safety of those who
live and work around the refinery."
    Mr. Gargiso also notes that "the company has given the middle finger to
the Quebec Labour Board which has ordered the company to bargain in good
faith, after finding it guilty of using illegal scabs and attempting to
intimidate workers. If ever a company deserved a boycott it is this one!"




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