Steelworkers renew commitment to halt violence against women on National Day of Remembrance

    BURNABY, BC, Dec. 6 /CNW/ - On the anniversary of the Montreal Massacre,
United Steelworkers (USW) Western Canada Director Stephen Hunt said that the
union is renewing its long-standing commitment to the elimination of violence
against women.
    Marking 18 years since the brutal slaying of 14 women in Montreal at
Ecole Polytechnique, Hunt called on workers and all other members of Canadian
society to take action to end all forms of violence against women.
    "The USW stands firmly against violence and abuse of women in any way and
we are continuing our efforts to make our workplaces violence and
harassment-free for women and for the entire membership at large," said Hunt.
    "In hundreds of workplaces where Steelworkers are employed we are
effectively working to eliminate harassment and violence. Our anti-harassment
training seminars, negotiated into collective agreements, have been extended
to thousands of workers and management employees alike."
    "We consider violence against women as a basic security issue that is
tied to the health, safety and well-being of our members and their families,"
said Carol Landry, Assistant to Hunt. "The Steelworkers have no tolerance for
harassment of fellow workers nor violent threats or acts."
    Workplace violence includes many forms from physical, to verbal and
mental and the abusive use of power in workplace relationships.
    Landry said the union continues to provide its members with means to
prevent violence, does workplace training to deal with harassment and offers
guidance on how to assist women who have been assaulted.

    The USW represents more than 280,000 men and women working in every
sector of Canada's economy.

For further information:

For further information: Stephen Hunt or Carol Landry, (604) 683-1117

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