OTTAWA, May 29 /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.
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.
Forestry workers are demanding a meeting with the Prime Minister to
discuss solutions to the forestry crisis, including protection of workers'
pensions and a plan to keep viable mills operating through federal government
loan guarantees, and other measures.
"We want to wake up Stephen Harper," says CEP Dave Coles. 55,000 jobs
gone in two years, and despite repeated requests for the federal government to
intervene, it's clear they have blown off the forest industry.
"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."
For further information:
For further information: Dave Coles, (613) 299-5628; Michelle Walsh,
Communications Director, (613) 230-5800, ext. 222, (613) 858-9144