New scabs at the Petro-Canada refinery

    MONTREAL, March 31 /CNW Telbec/ - Further to a new complaint filed by the
Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada (CEP) about the
presence of scabs at the Petro-Canada refinery, a report shows five new cases
of scabs at the refinery. "This once again demonstrates that Petro-Canada does
not abide by the law. It is really unacceptable that a company of this size
violates our laws," says Daniel Cloutier, CEP National Representative.
    The investigation was carried out after new complaints were filed by the
union on the use of scabs by Petro-Canada. Last February, at least 26 scabs
were identified in a first investigation report.
    "We find it shameful, but management at the Eastern Montreal refinery has
been bent on breaking the union since the start of the conflict. To that end,
it is willing to go to great lengths and even to break the Québec law and
jeopardize the safety of the refinery workers and of the population," added
Mr. Cloutier. "Those presently replacing the unionized staff do not have the
same knowledge or expertise. You cannot ask someone to learn in a few weeks
what we sometimes spent many years learning. And that is not taking into
account the fatigue factor that contributes to weaken one's judgment."
    Following a serious explosion at a BP refinery in Texas in 2005, public
authorities found that fatigue was a determining factor in the accident.
    "Presently, the managers and other persons running the refinery are
working very long hours and many days in a row. We do not want to be alarmists
but we are seriously concerned," warned Mr. Cloutier.

    Hearings will be held later this week

    Further to the first report on the scabs, CEP had obtained an
interlocutory injunction to force Petro-Canada to stop hiring the persons
identified in the report. Later this week, hearings will be held on a
permanent injunction and merits of the case will be debated. "We certainly
intend to demonstrate our contentions and to get those scabs out of the
refinery once and for all," he concluded.

For further information:

For further information: Daniel Cloutier, National Representative, (514)
891-3289; Marie-Andrée L'Heureux, National Representative, (514) 916-7373

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