Workers occupy Amcan Castings: Company wants to bail with no severance/pension assurance



    HAMILTON, ON, Oct. 11 /CNW/ - About 75 members of the United Steelworkers
are occupying the Hamilton operation of Amcan Castings, where company
officials said yesterday they would not consider restructuring under the
Companies Creditors Arrangement Act (CCAA) and would instead liquidate the
plant.
    "More workers are expected to join us later today," said USW
Ontario/Atlantic Director Wayne Fraser, who is in the plant. "We are demanding
that Amcan provide assurances that our members will receive adequate severance
and that their pensions be protected."
    Fraser said the company had no response when the union raised these
issues following the announcement of the liquidation. While Amcan has been
operating under CCAA protection for nearly a month, it has not said exactly
when it plans to proceed with liquidation.
    "Now that the McGuinty government has been given a majority mandate, it's
time they pulled their heads out of the election sand and focus on the real
issues facing workers," said Fraser. "McGuinty promised during the campaign to
provide help to manufacturing. It's October 11th and it has to start here and
now.
    "Plant closures have become an epidemic in this province. We will not
allow companies like Amcan to suck every last drop of effort out of our
members just so they can leave with their pockets full.
    "We are here for as long as it takes."
    There are about 170 Steelworkers at the 10 Hillyard Street plant and 100
more are currently laid off.





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For further information: Wayne Fraser, (416) 577-4045


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