(Originally distributed January 27, 2020)
The Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of Labour (NLFL) stands in full solidarity with the members of Unifor Local 594, who are currently locked out by their employer, the Co-op Refinery Complex in Regina, Saskatchewan.
If this employer was serious about getting a fair collective agreement with its employees, it would not have initiated a lockout, it would not have brought in scab labour and taken other measures to escalate this situation. Furthermore, having labour leaders and workers arrested for participating in a peaceful and legal demonstration, protected by the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, is just wrong and demonstrates the need for this lockout to end.
“We have seen far too many examples across this country where labour laws and legislation continually favour employers at the expense of workers, especially those employers who are set on taking away workers’ rights and the benefits that workers have fought for and bargained fairly,” said NLFL President Mary Shortall. “The fight of these 800 courageous workers walking the picket line in frigid temperatures, to protect their pensions, is our fight too,” added Shortall.
The NLFL and its 70,000 members stand in solidarity with these workers and join with the Saskatchewan Federation of Labour (SFL), the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) and other Federations of Labour across the country, in calling for the employer to end the nearly two-month long lock-out, return to the bargaining table and negotiate a fair collective agreement.
President, Newfoundland & Labrador Federation of Labour
(PDF version here: Letter of Support – Unifor Local 594)