Ontario Federation of Labour

Ontario Federation of Labour

March 05, 2010 11:08 ET

Rally to Support 3,500 Workers on Strike Against Giant Multinational-Vale Inco-3 p.m., Saturday, March 6-Metro Convention Centre, Front St., Toronto

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 5, 2010) - Workers who are eight months into a strike against giant multinational Vale Inco will get a boost this weekend from supporters at a rally in downtown Toronto.

Organized by the Toronto Area Steelworkers, the rally will take place at 3 p.m., Saturday, March 6 in front of the Metro Convention Centre on Front St., where Vale Inco is sponsoring a conference. The Brazil-based corporation is demanding huge rollbacks in pensions, nickel bonus, and seniority rights.

Supporters will be at the rally to back the 3,500 miners and smelter workers from Sudbury, Port Colborne, and Voisey's Bay. They're members of United Steelworkers Locals 6500 and 6200.

OFL president Sid Ryan says this battle does not belong only to the strikers. He called on trade unionists, social justice activists, and members of the public to stand up to large, powerful employers such as Vale Inco.

"We need to raise a loud and united voice to tell Vale Inco to bargain a fair contract for these workers," says Ryan. "This strike has exacted an enormous price on these workers, their families, and their communities, and they need and deserve to see it end with a fair contract."

A bus will leave 25 Cecil St. at 2:15 p.m.
Buses leave Ryerson, 55 Gould St. at the end of the Women's Day March.
BBQ social for strikers starts at 4:30 p.m. back at 25 Cecil St.

Contact Information

  • Ontario Federation of Labour
    Sid Ryan
    416.209.0066 (mobile)