Conflict at Prysmian - Ministère du Travail investigation related to anti-scab legislation

    BROSSARD, QC, April 20 /CNW Telbec/ - A ministry investigator arrived at
the Prysmian offices in St-Jean-sur-le-Richelieu this morning. "We see former
managers coming into the plant. Anti-scab legislation prohibits the use of
outside workers. We have asked the Ministère du Travail to check up on this,"
declared Dominic Lemieux, union staffer with the Syndicat des Métallos (FTQ).
    To recap, the strike began on April 1, 2009. Before discussions about
monetary provisions had begun, negotiations over non-pay clauses had reached a
stumbling block. "The employer broke off negotiations last Friday, requiring
that we start discussions on the monetary aspect of the contract from that
point on. After more than twenty meetings, we reached an impasse on non-pay
clauses. They are now adding in a factor that could make the conflict worse.
Let's take things one step at a time. Once we reach an agreement on respect,
the money issues will be resolved much more easily," continued Sylvain Milot,
head of Local 8424.
    Prysmian Power Cables & Systems Canada, formerly Pirelli Cables,
specializes in the production of electrical cables. The collective agreement
expired on January 30, 2009. The company, which is headquartered in Milan,
owns four manufacturing facilities in North America. Affected by the strike
are production and office workers, who belong to Locals 8424 and 7016
respectively. Key issues deal with respecting seniority and schedules.
Management wants to implement 12-hour rotating shifts that would require these
Steelworkers to work every other weekend.

For further information:

For further information: Dominic Lemieux, USW/Syndicat des Métallos
(FTQ), (450) 656-1113

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