Petro-Canada guilty of intimidating and threatening CEP members



    MONTREAL, June 6 /CNW Telbec/ - In an unequivocal decision, the Labour
Relations Board (LBR) has allowed a complaint filed by locked-out Petro-Canada
workers and ordered the oil company to cease its intimidation.
    The Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union (CEP) had denounced
Petro-Canada management for having contacted union members by e-mail and by
telephone to intimidate them, stating among other things that the refinery
would close if the workers did not accept the company's offer, and to run down
the union executive.
    The LRB decision is directed specifically at Petro-Canada CEO Bruno
Francoeur, Daniel Cecchini, Senior Advisor for Human Resources, and Andrew
Pelletier, Communications Advisor.
    "The LRB decision is unequivocal: Petro-Canada must see reason, put an
end to its intimidation strategy and bargain in good faith," says CEP National
Representative Daniel Cloutier.
    The LRB ordered Petro-Canada:

    - To stop trying to hinder CEP activities;
    - To stop trying to interfere in union activities;
    - To stop trying to dominate the union;
    - Not to attempt to create "double" negotiations;
    - To cease intimidating or threatening employees;
    - And most importantly to bargain in good faith.

    The 260 workers at the Petro-Canada refinery, who are members of CEP
Local 175, have been locked-out since November 17, 2007.
    "The union has already lodged several complaints against Petro-Canada for
bargaining in bad faith and using scabs. This lockout has lasted long enough.
Petro-Canada must reach an agreement with its workers", concludes
Mr. Cloutier.




For further information:

For further information: Daniel Cloutier, (514) 891-3289

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