Ontario Federation of Labour

Ontario Federation of Labour

September 15, 2010 10:00 ET

Day 1: From the Picket Lines-Huge Success for Labour Movement as ECP Brantford Halts Production

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 15, 2010) - The first hour into the labour picket and solidarity action at one of Canada's worst employers, Engineered Coated Products (ECP) in Brantford, and the labour movement is declaring a huge victory as ECP halts operations.

Scabs were shipped out in the early morning hours.

"This solidarity rally has already been an enormous success," says OFL President, Sid Ryan. "ECP actions ensure there will be no productivity. It has left its workforce twisting in the wind for more than two years during which time it has bused in scabs and used security personnel to avoid any responsibility to bargain a collective agreement."

For three days, union members from across the province will be joining workers to bolster the lines. Rallies will be held at 4 p.m. each day. "We want to force ECP back to the bargaining table and push the provincial government to reinstate long overdue anti-scab legislation.

"It's over to you McGuinty. We don't want employers like ECP doing business in Ontario if they won't take their legal responsibilities seriously." 

In B.C., where anti-scab legislation is in effect, ECP and the union signed a collective agreement. Quebec also has legislation prohibiting the use of scabs.

There is ample evidence demonstrating that when companies resort to scab labour, strikes are prolonged and damage not only the workers, but the whole community.

"We're not going to tolerate bad apples like ECP doing business in Ontario. We need anti-scab legislation now," says Ryan.

Contact Information

  • Ontario Federation of Labour
    Sid Ryan
    416-209-0066 (mobile)
    Ontario Federation of Labour
    Lynn Simmons
    Communications Director
    416-668-7480 (mobile)