Ming Pao Strikers Ask Community Advertisers and Vendors for Support

OTTAWA, Sept. 22, 2011 /CNW/ - Striking employees at the Hong Kong-owned Ming Pao Daily newspaper in Toronto are calling upon community businesses to stop supporting hardline management negotiating tactics.

"We're asking advertisers and newspaper vendors to stand with their community, and that community includes the underpaid Chinese workforce at Ming Pao," said Ming Pao employee and union chair Simon Sung.

The 135 newly unionized employees are seeking a first collective agreement. Most staff earn between the minimum wage and $14 per hour, and are seeking salaries comparable with Ming Pao's main competitor Sing Tao Daily, which was unionized 10 years ago after a bitter seven-week strike.

"The businesses that retail copies of Ming Pao and the businesses that advertise in Ming Pao need to send a message -- that we don't condone Chinese businesses exploiting Chinese workers," said Sung.

Sung said striking employees will picket advertisers or vendors who support the newspaper and will call for a community and consumer boycott of those businesses.

Ming Pao employees in Toronto are represented by the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada, Local 87-M Southern Ontario Newsmedia Guild.

SOURCE Southern Ontario Newsmedia Guild

For further information:

Simon Sung: (647) 404-9428
Paul Morse: (416) 461-2461 x1

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