HALIFAX, Aug. 17 /CNW/ - At the New Democratic Policy Convention, as Ken
Neumann spoke, the crowd of 1,500 rose to their feet and thunderously endorsed
a resolution supporting the Canadian workers striking at Vale Inco and
locked-out at U.S. Steel.
In the emergency resolution passed unanimously yesterday, the New
Democrats declared "total support for the United Steelworkers members locked
out by U.S. Steel or on strike against Vale Inco."
In his keynote speech, Leo Gerard, International President of the United
Steelworkers, said "the massively profitable Vale Inco is trying to use the
global economic situation to destroy what Canadian workers and families have
built over decades."
The convention called on "the government of Canada to take all actions
necessary to hold Vale Inco and U.S. Steel to the promises they made to secure
permission to buy control of Canadian companies."
Vale Inco has been allowed to ship out Canada's wealth, jobs and
communities hope, without giving back to Canadians and our families. "The only
way that happened is because our government didn't stand up for Canada, our
government didn't stand up for Canada's resources, didn't stand up for
Canadian workers, and didn't stand up for our future, or the future of our
kids and grandkids," explained Gerard.
"The heartless action being taken by Vale and U.S. Steel show that the
Canadian government has failed in protecting Canadian workers and Canadian
communities. The Harper government has allowed massive foreign companies to
come in and buy-up Canada's resources and key industries without doing what
the law says the government must do, which is to make sure any take-over is a
"net benefit for Canada", said Ken Neumann, United Steelworkers, National
Director for Canada.
"Canada's livelihoods and future are being shipped overseas while the
federal government is asleep at the wheel, ...and that's the most generous
interpretation possible of Stephen Harper and Tony Clement's actions," said
The NDP also pledged to "redouble (their) efforts to campaign for new
rules limiting and regulating foreign investment in Canada to truly ensure
that any such investment is a benefit to the country and its people."
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