OTTAWA, June 20, 2013 /CNW/ - In support of almost 50 striking Labatt
workers in Newfoundland and Labrador, the representatives of hundreds
of thousands of provincial government and private sector employees from
across the country have voted unanimously to take part in and promote a
national boycott of imported Labatt beers - including Stella Artois,
Beck's, and Löwenbräu.
The striking brewery workers are members of the Newfoundland and
Labrador Association of Public and Private Employees (NAPE) and are
also members of the National Union of Public and General Employees
NUPGE, which represents more than 340,000 workers from across the
country, held its triennial convention in Ottawa this past weekend.
The more than 300 delegates to the convention voted unanimously
to support the boycott, which only targets Labatt's imported products
in order to prevent the brewing company's other unionized employees in
Canada from experiencing any loss of work. The Labatt imports being
targeted for boycott are:
Stella Artois Light
NUPGE is also launching a national email-writing campaign in support of
the striking Labatt workers. To take part in the campaign, NUPGE is
inviting its members and the general public to visit: www.labourstartcampaigns.net/show_campaign.cgi?c=1867.
The boycott and email campaign will increase the pressure on the owners
of Labatt - the multinational corporation Anheuser-Busch InBev - to
offer a fair and respectful contract to the workers who have been on
strike since April 10. Last year, AB InBev posted after-tax profits of
more than $9 billion.
NUPGE President James Clancy said there was no question of his union's
"Our members are outraged by the way this incredibly profitable
corporation is treating its employees in Newfoundland and Labrador,"
said Clancy. "Through our boycott on Labatt's imports and our
email-writing campaign, we intend to remind these business leaders that
there are consequences for trying to take advantage of hard-working
NUPGE is one of Canada's largest labour organizations, with more than
340,000 members from coast to coast, including the more than 25,000
members of NAPE.
SOURCE: NATIONAL UNION OF PUBLIC AND GENERAL EMPLOYEES
For further information:
Andy Pedersen, NUPGE National Representative
(cell) 613.710.6743 (e-mail) firstname.lastname@example.org