Global campaign denounces manufacturing giant's strikebreaking and
union-busting activities from Canada to Turkey
TORONTO, Oct. 10, 2013 /CNW/ - Over 7,000 people have joined a global
campaign to resist manufacturing giant Crown Holdings' attacks on its
employees' working and living standards.
The Take-Backs No More campaign has been launched in support of Crown Holdings employees in
Toronto who are fighting back against the U.S.-based multinational's
latest demands for concessions.
More than 7,000 supporters have signed on to an Internet-based campaign,
sending letters to Crown Holdings CEO John Conway demanding he put a
stop to the attacks on workers.
Crown's Toronto employees, members of the United Steelworkers, have been
on strike since Sept. 6 to resist the company's demands for lower wages
for new workers and elimination of cost-of-living allowances.
"We have drawn a line in the sand on these take-backs," said Fred
Redmond, International Vice-President of the United Steelworkers (USW),
which represents the Toronto employees.
"We are standing up for all Crown workers around the world who have
given so much to make this corporation successful but have received
little in return," Redmond said.
Crown is one of the world's largest manufacturers of food and beverage
containers. It has 149 plants and operations in 41 countries.
Crown is trying to drive down employees' working and living standards
even though the company nearly doubled its profits last year and gave
its CEO a $12-million compensation package.
Crown's Toronto employees manufacture more than five million cans per
day. Earlier this year Crown recognized the Toronto workers with an
award for "dedication, commitment, teamwork and personal
accountability" and for meeting or exceeding company expectations for
"safety, productivity, quality and budget management."
However, rather than negotiating a fair contract with its Toronto
employees, Crown has recruited strikebreakers from its non-union
operations in Calgary, further inflaming the labour dispute it
With support from allies including the international labour federation
IndustriALL, the USW plans to expand a global campaign against Crown's
attacks on employees' living standards, Redmond said.
The campaign also will support Crown workers in Turkey, whose union
Birlesik Metal-IS has been subjected to the company's union-busting
tactics since 2012.
The global campaign also is targeting members of Crown's board of
directors, who bear responsibility for the company's continued attacks
Letters have been sent to Crown board members such as Donald Arnold, CEO
of Carnival Corporation, which has been immersed in controversies over
the Costa Corcordia disaster and other major mishaps on its cruise
Other labour organizations joining the campaign against Crown Holdings
include Unite, the largest union in the United Kingdom, the
International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers and the
International Union of Food Workers.
For more information on the campaign against Crown Holdings, visit www.usw.ca/CrownHoldings.
SOURCE: United Steelworkers (USW)
For further information:
Joe Drexler, USW Strategic Campaigns, 416-544-6009, 416-434-7907, firstname.lastname@example.org
Fred Redmond, USW International Vice-President, 412-562-2307
Bob Gallagher, USW Communications, 416-544-5966, 416-434-2221, email@example.com