KITCHENER, ON, Jan. 29 /CNW/ - The CAW is planning a demonstration
outside a Conservative MP's Kitchener constituency office Wednesday,
January 30 at 11:30 a.m. to protest the lack of government action to help
beleaguered manufacturing workers, including those from Ledco.
The demonstration will be held outside Tory MP Harold Albrecht's
Constituency office at 153 Country Hill Drive, Unit 2A in Kitchener, Ontario.
The office is located off Strasburg Road at Block Line and Country Hill Drive.
Concerned union members, their families and community are invited to take
"While manufacturing workers and their families suffer the fall out from
the high Canadian dollar, as well as the flood of auto imports from Japan and
Korea, companies like Ledco are declaring bankruptcy and not honouring
severance and pension obligations," said Jerry Dias, assistant to the CAW
president. "We need legislation to ensure workers get what is rightfully owing
them when a bankruptcy occurs - before banks and other creditors," he said.
"Manufacturing workers right across the country are paying the price of
the Stephen Harper government's lack of action on these issues and its refusal
to establish a clear policy to help the manufacturing sector," Dias said.
The CAW ended an occupation of Ledco, a Kitchener tool-and-die company on
Sunday. The company filed for bankruptcy last week and terminated 60 CAW Local
1524 members and informed them they would not receive their severance pay.
Some workers have up to 40 years seniority.
For further information:
For further information: CAW Communications, John McClyment, cell, (416)