Ontario Federation of Labour

Ontario Federation of Labour

September 14, 2010 16:24 ET

Disgraceful Abuse of Workers Earns ECP Reputation as One of Canada's Worst Employers

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 14, 2010) - Tomorrow, Wed., Sept. 15, marks the beginning of the first leg of the Ontario campaign for the reinstatement of anti-scab legislation. Led by the OFL, Brantford and District Labour Council, USW Local I-500 and Ontario largest unions, a massive three-day anti-scab rally and picket line will take place at Engineered Coated Products (ECP) 369 Elgin Street, Brantford.

The labour movement, disgusted by nightmare employers like ECP whose abuse of their workforce sets a new low, names the company as one of Canada's worst employers.

ECP has managed to keep the workers out on strike by busing in scabs, hiring security personnel to intimidate workers and avoiding any responsibility for collective bargaining. The strike is now entering its third year.

"Nothing but the law will stop ECP and companies like it from driving workers to the bottom," says OFL President Sid Ryan who has made reinstatement of anti-scab legislation a priority objective for the OFL. "Enough is enough. If the legislation is good enough for Quebec and British Columbia, it is past time for its implementation here. It's the only solution."

The company demanded a 25% rollback in wages and benefits as well as other concessions from its workers; yet its profits are ample.

"ECP is among the 2.5% of Ontario employers that need to be reined in. We're putting companies like ECP on notice that scabs won't be tolerated in our province. There is abundant evidence demonstrating that when corporations like Vale Inco or Sears use scabs, strikes are prolonged and damage not only the workers, but the whole community.

Public and private sector workers across Ontario are responding to the call for solidarity and are joining with the ECP strikers for three solid days of intensive actions.

Ryan will be on site for the three days, starting at 5:30 a.m., Wed., and is available for media interviews.

Contact Information

  • OFL
    Sid Ryan
    416-209-0066 (mobile)
    Lynn Simmons
    416-668-7480 (mobile)