TORONTO, July 31, 2018 /CNW/ - Unifor will respect the IATSE Local 58 picket line after staging, rigging and technical support workers were locked out at the Toronto Exhibition Place.
"It is shameful that workers of colour will be forced to either cross a picket line or miss out on an important cultural event," said Christine Maclin, Unifor National Human Rights Director.
Unifor has cancelled its contingent in the 2018 Toronto Caribbean Festival Grand Parade.
"The Grand Parade is an opportunity for Toronto's Caribbean community to showcase Caribbean culture," said David Amow, Unifor Local 40 President and Unifor contingent volunteer.
Talks broke off on July 20 when the employer stopped months of negotiations and locked out the IATSE members.
Unifor deplores the use of untrained scab labour.
Unifor is Canada's largest union in the private sector, representing 315,000 workers in every major area of the economy. The union advocates for all working people and their rights, fights for equality and social justice in Canada and abroad, and strives to create progressive change for a better future.
For further information: Unifor Communications representative Hamid Osman at [email protected] or 647-448-2823 (cell)