TORONTO, Jan. 6, 2012 /CNW/ - The United Steelworkers (USW) today
pledged its full support to the Canadian Auto Workers and CAW members
locked out by Caterpillar Inc. in London.
"Caterpillar has deliberately created an unwarranted conflict with its
demands for unprecedented wage, pension and benefit cuts," USW Canadian
Director Ken Neumann stated in a letter of support to the CAW and its
"Steelworkers will stand shoulder to shoulder with you on the picket
line, before governments, and wherever this struggle for justice takes
us," Neumann said.
"Steelworkers are no strangers to ruthless attacks on Canadian working
and living standards by massive foreign corporations," Neumann noted.
"Thousands of our members, their families and their communities have
faced such aggression from the likes of Vale, U.S. Steel and most
recently Rio Tinto."
On New Year's Day - the same day that Caterpillar locked out CAW members
in London - 800 Steelworkers at an aluminum smelter in Alma, Quebec,
were locked out by Rio Tinto Alcan.
"CAW and USW members are tangibly connected at the forefront of the
battle against corporate greed and the betrayal of Canadian working
families by right-wing government in our country," Neumann said.
The Steelworkers also strongly support the CAW's demand that Stephen
Harper's Conservative government publicly account for its
rubber-stamping of the sale of London's Electro-Motive Diesel
operations to Caterpillar.
"The Harper government has a duty to Canadians to disclose the steps it
took to ensure this foreign takeover would provide the required 'net
benefit' to our country," Neumann said.
"The government also must use its powers under the Investment Canada Act
to review this takeover and take all necessary measures to defend the
interests of Canadian working families."
SOURCE United Steelworkers (USW)
For further information:
Ken Neumann, USW National Director for Canada, 416-544-5950;
Bob Gallagher, USW Communications, 416-434-2221, 416-544-5966,