Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)

Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)

September 18, 2009 12:32 ET

CUPE Resolution Backs Striking Vale Inco Workers

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 18, 2009) - In a resolution passed this week, CUPE pledges its financial and moral support to the United Steelworkers locals on strike at Vale Inco. Workers are on strike in Sudbury and Port Colbourne, Ontario, and in Voisey's Bay, Newfoundland and Labrador.

The resolution comes as thousands of workers enter their third month on strike. Vale Inco, which is now 100 per cent owned by Brazilian interests, is attempting to gut workers' collective agreements by demanding they accept inferior pension plans and seniority agreements.

Instead of returning to the bargaining table, Vale Inco is resuming production during the labour dispute by using inexperienced, non-union staff and scab labour.

"Vale Inco is attempting to weaken striking workers' moral" said CUPE National President Paul Moist. "But by using scab labour, they are only heightening and prolonging tensions, and poisoning relations with Vale Inco workers for years to come. This is incredibly damaging for the Sudbury community".

"As employers continue to use the recession as an excuse to demand concessions from workers, CUPE stands in solidarity with the workers at Vale Inco who are fighting to protect their hard-won benefits," said Moist.

CUPE will donate $10,000.00 to the United Steelworkers' strike fund, and encourage CUPE locals to provide financial and/or picket line support. CUPE will also join the United Steelworkers in lobbying all levels of government to introduce anti-scab legislation.

"We would also like to see the federal government put some conditions on foreign ownership," said Moist. "The majority ownership of Canadian resource-based businesses should remain in the hands of Canadians."

To read the entire resolution from CUPE's National Executive Board, visit www.cupe.ca

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