SUDBURY, ON, Aug. 31 /CNW/ - With the federal Liberals arriving in
Sudbury for their annual caucus meeting, representatives of Sudbury's striking
Steelworkers Local 6500 met with leader Michael Ignatieff to call on his party
to join the other opposition parties in supporting Canadian workers.
In the meeting with Ignatieff, Leo Gerard, International President of
United Steelworkers (USW), Wayne Fraser USW District Director and John Fera
USW Local 6500 President, explained the desperate situation in Sudbury where
the very profitable Brazilian multinational Vale Inco is attempting to destroy
what workers and the community of Sudbury have built up over decades.
The Steelworkers asked Ignatieff for help and commitment in four areas:
1. Make it clear that Vale should not be using scab labour nor trying to
resume operations during a strike in Canada, and for the Liberals to
commit to change their position and support anti-scab legislation;
2. Call on Vale to disclose its agreement of commitments, and for the
Liberals to commit to full transparency of "net benefit to Canada"
agreements, if they form government;
3. Call on Vale to get back to bargaining rather than attempting to
resume limited production;
4. Call on the federal government to bring Vale to court for non-
compliance of its "net benefit to Canada" agreement (as the
government did in the case of U.S. Steel), and commit any Liberal
government to reforming the Investment Canada Act to give it real
teeth when a foreign company attempts to buy up Canadian resources
"We were glad to be given the time to outline our concerns to the
Official Opposition. We will now wait to see if Michael Ignatieff and the
federal Liberals join with the other opposition parties to really stand up for
Canadian workers," said Fraser.
"If the Liberals are serious about standing up for Canada, they will
speak out about what is happening here in Sudbury, where a massively
profitable foreign multinational is attacking Canadian workers and our
community's standard of living," said Fera.
For further information:
For further information: Contacts: John Fera, (705) 675-3381x238; Wayne
Fraser, (416) 577-4045; Bob Gallagher, (416) 434-2221