Ontario Federation of Labour

Ontario Federation of Labour

September 17, 2010 06:45 ET

Day 3: From the Picket Lines at ECP Brantford

ECP and Intertape Polymer focus of court house demonstration

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 17, 2010) - At 9 a.m., unions and community supporters will march from Engineer Coated Products (ECP) Brantford, 369 Elgin St., where production has been halted for the past two days, to the Brantford Court House, 80 Wellington Street.

ECP and its U.S. parent company Intertape Polymer Group continue to make workers lives a living hell. For more than two years the company has been busing in scabs, employing security companies to threaten and intimidate the striking workers and using their clout to pervert the provincial labour relations act.

"Workers are being hauled off to court and, once there, penalized for swearing on the picket line, conversing with scabs or stepping one toe on a line marking a plant boundary. They are making criminals out of ordinary men and women. This is a merciless abuse of workers and we're sick of it," says OFL President Sid Ryan.

"Premier Dalton McGuinty thinks this is a level playing field. The way this company has subverted the Canadian justice system offers ample proof of the need to reinstate anti-scab legislation in Ontario. ECP wouldn't dare employ similar actions at its B.C. plant because anti-scab laws have been in place there for years."

Today's schedule is as follows:

  9 a.m.   March from ECP to Brantford Court House. Note to ECP: Busloads of picketers will remain at the plant.
  11 a.m.   Speakers: Ken Neumann, Canadian Director of the United Steelworkers;Sid Ryan, OFL President; Chris Charlton, NDP MP Hamilton Mountain and others.
  Noon:   Festivities begin at the local park, across the street from the court house. PUBLIC WELCOME. Barbecue, music and more.

Contact Information

  • OFL
    Sid Ryan
    Lynn Simmons
    Communications Director