Solidarity Demonstration Held in Front of Flextronics Plant

    LAVAL, QC, June 27 /CNW Telbec/ - Yesterday afternoon members of the
Teamsters Union and the Fédération des travailleurs et travailleuses du Québec
(FTQ) demonstrated their support for 700 workers at the Flextronics plant in
Ville Saint-Laurent who will lose their jobs in fall as a consequence of the
company's relocation.
    The President of the FTQ, Michel Arsenault, as well as Alain DeGrandpré,
president of Joint Council 91 of the Teamsters Union in Québec, joined in the
demonstration. They presented ringing arguments in favor of keeping these jobs
in Montreal.
    It is known that Flextronics management announced the closing of its
Montreal plant last February in response to demands by Nortel, its main
customer. Nortel demanded that Flextronics lower its production costs
significantly. The company had no other choice but to transfer its production
to Mexico.
    "The skills are simply not available right now in Mexico," protested
Serge Bérubé, president of Teamsters Local Union 1999, which represents the
700 employees of Flextronics. The knowledge and abilities of the Flextronics
employees are unequaled anywhere in North America, period."
    The Teamsters union met with the company's management several months ago,
but the latter claim that their order books are empty.
    "Plant management would have been better off hiring salespeople and
promoting its products a year or two ago. We know that there is a market, and
not only in Quebec, but also throughout Canada. This poor planning will have a
devastating effect on the employees of the plant," explained Michel Arsenault,
President of the FTQ."
    Rumors are circulating that the production of the Ville St-Laurent plant
might be brought back to Montreal.
    "Why relocate, only to then bring production back to Montreal? This
corporate strategy makes no sense at all; it doesn't take a degree in business
administration to see that," concluded the President of local Section 1999 of
the Teamsters."

For further information:

For further information: Stéphane Lacroix, Teamsters Union, (514)

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