Meeting with Finance Minister following rally
OTTAWA, June 1 /CNW Telbec/ - Thousands of forestry workers and their
supporters from across Canada will converge in Ottawa on June 2nd for a march
from the Minister of Natural Resources' office to the Prime Minister's office.
A delegation from the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union will meet
with Finance Minister Jim Flaherty at 4:30pm.
The demonstrators will hold a rally at Minister Lisa Raitt's office at
580 Booth St, at 11:30 am before marching through Ottawa streets to the
Langevin Block, at Wellington and Elgin Streets. ETA: 1:30 pm. Speakers
include NDP Leader Jack Layton, Bloc Quebecois Leader Gilles Duceppe, Canadian
Labour Congress Executive Secretary Hassan Yussuff, QFL President Michel
Arsenault, CEP President Dave Coles and Secretary-Treasurer Gaetan Menard.
"The goal of the rally is to "wake up Stephen Harper" to the impact the
forest crisis is having on forestry workers, their families and their
communities," says CEP President Dave Coles noting that "we have some
imaginative ways of making a lot of noise. Demonstrators are bringing
everything from alarm clocks to chain saws."
"Our main demand has always been for the federal government to backstop
loans so that viable companies can keep operating, saving jobs and
communities," adds Coles. "We are not asking for a bailout."
The union is also demanding that workers' pensions be protected through
legislation (passed but not proclaimed by the Tories) that forces companies in
bankruptcy protection to pay off workers' pensions and wages as a priority.
For further information:
For further information: Dave Coles, (613) 299-5628; Michelle Walsh,
Communications Director, (613) 230-5800, ext. 222, (613) 858-9144