Ontario Federation of Labour

Ontario Federation of Labour

April 14, 2010 16:02 ET

OFL Calls on Unionized Workers in London, Ontario Not to Use Shoppers Drug Mart

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TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 14, 2010) -  The Ontario Federation of Labour today issued an Open Letter to Shoppers Drug Mart blasting its lead role in undermining a government initiative to lower the cost of generic drugs by 50 per cent for the people of Ontario; threatening its workforce, and using patients and customers as pawns in its battle with the Health and Long Term Care Ministry.

OFL President Sid Ryan has called on unionized workers in London, Ontario, the site of the current Shoppers Drug Mart protest, to take their business elsewhere. The OFL is also is urging the general public in that city to vote with their feet. Shoppers has imposed charges for delivery, a move that targets the most vulnerable people in the community and has cut back hours in its stores.

"In its determined effort to sink a government reform that would see generic drug prices cut by 50 per cent, Shoppers Drug Mart is fast becoming one of Ontario's worst corporate citizens," says OFL President Sid Ryan.

"We remind Shoppers that it enjoys the PRIVILEGE of, not the right to, consumer loyalty. We urge this corporation to align itself with the public interest, rather the interests of the generic drug companies."

The OFL is Canada's largest labour federation advocating for one million workers.

Contact Information

  • Ontario Federation of Labour
    Sid Ryan
    416.209.0066 (mobile)
    OFL Communications
    Lynn Simmons
    416.803.8282 (mobile)