Union members picket Petro-Canada to support locked out Montreal workers



    OTTAWA, Feb. 28 /CNW Telbec/ - Members of Canada's largest energy
workers' union are picketing select Petro-Canada gas stations across the
country tomorrow to support of locked-out workers at the company's Montreal
refinery.
    The Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada (CEP) has
declared February 29 a National Day of Action in support of 260 Petro-Canada
workers who were locked out by their employer last November.
    Picket lines are going up at Petro-Canada gas stations in St. John,
Ottawa, Toronto, Winnipeg, and Vancouver. A provincial injunction prohibits
any actions at Petro-Canada stations in Quebec
    Though the company is making record profits, it has steadfastly refused
to negotiate with workers in Montreal, who are asking for the same settlement
that was negotiated with other plants across the country.
    "They are trying to break our system of pattern bargaining in the energy
sector," says CEP President Dave Coles. "In doing so, the company is placing
the safety of the surrounding community at risk."
    Petro-Can's lock-out means the refinery is being run by a skeleton staff
of inadequately-trained managers who are working extremely long hours without
breaks. An inquiry into the explosion at the BP refinery in Texas in 2005,
which killed 15 people, concluded that fatigue and poor training were behind
that tragedy.
    "We are calling on Petro-Canada to let these men and women return to
their jobs before disaster strikes," says Coles.




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For further information: Dave Coles, (613) 299-5628

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