WHAT: Rally to support striking potash workers
WHERE: 122 1ST Avenue South, Saskatoon
WHEN: 11:30 a.m. Friday, Aug. 22 2008
WHO: United Steelworkers, their supporters, friends and family
SASKATOON, Aug. 21 /CNW/ - Striking members of the United Steelworkers
(USW) and their supporters will rally on Friday, Aug. 22 at 11:30 a.m. CST at
the Saskatoon office of the Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan (PCS) to call
on the company to get back to the bargaining table and negotiate a fair and
USW members at three PCS mines - Cory, Allan and Patience Lake - have
been on strike for two weeks after rejecting a company offer that does not
recognize the contribution workers have made to skyrocketing profits.
Speakers, including Saskatchewan Federation of Labour President Larry
Hubich, USW National Director Ken Neumann and USW Western Canada Director
Stephen Hunt, will point out the tremendous imbalance in the treatment of
workers versus the company's top executives, whose stock options are worth
more than the wages paid to all PCS employees and royalties paid to the
Government of Saskatchewan last year. And, although PCS is receiving far more
profit per worker than most mining companies, it pays wages lower than many
other major Canadian mining operations.
In Thursday's Regina Leader-Post, USW National Director Ken Neumann said
that neither workers nor citizens of Saskatchewan are receiving a fair share
of potash profits, made by extracting a Crown-owned resource.
"While potash profits nearly tripled in the second quarter of 2008 over
all of 1998, provincial potash revenue only doubled," said Neumann. "The
Government of Saskatchewan should revise its royalty regime to ensure that
companies pay the province a fair price for every tonne of potash extracted."
For further information:
For further information: Roger Falconer, (647) 500-5965