Iron Workers will file complaint against Suncor

    CALGARY, March 8 /CNW/ - Iron Workers Local 720 will file a human rights
complaint against Suncor for firing a French speaking iron worker for speaking
poor English.
    Suncor's decision to terminate a qualified worker because of language is
discrimination based on ancestry and place of origin. Such discrimination is
prohibited under Alberta's Human Rights, Citizenship and Multiculturalism Act.
    Carol Rioux, of Gaspesie, Quebec, was fired for failing English-language
orientation tests. He has been an ironworker for 25 years.
    Co-worker Marco Pelletier quit after learning of Suncor's decision.

    Suncor's oil sands business is located north of Fort McMurray.

    The Union will hold a press conference Thursday March 8, 2007 at 1:00 pm
in Fort McMurray. Both Rioux and Pelletier will be available for comments.

    Location: Stonebridge Hotel, 9713 Hardin Street, Fort McMurray

For further information:

For further information: Cleo Basque, (780) 893-8589

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