Ontario Federation of Labour

Ontario Federation of Labour

November 08, 2011 17:59 ET

Media Advisory: OFL's Sid Ryan to Stand in Solidarity With Occupy London Protesters Tonight

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 8, 2011) - OFL President Sid Ryan will be arriving in London, Ont., by 5:30 p.m. to stand in solidarity with the Occupy London protesters who are under threat of a 6 p.m. eviction. He will be joining London and District Labour Council President Patti Dalton.

Both labour leaders are calling for a halt to attempts to remove the protesters and are appealing to Mayor Joe Fontana, City Councillors and the police to allow the peaceful protest to continue.

"The Occupy movement is a truly inspiring display of passionate and principled civic engagement. Any attempt to forcibly remove these protesters is an affront to democracy," said Ryan who has pledged the labour movement's full support for the many people who have sacrificed their personal comfort to highlight the incredible disparity of wealth in Canada and the undue influence of corporations.

His actions tonight follow last week's letter to City Council available on www.ofl.ca.

"We are all being affected by the undue influence on governments by the 1% whose greed knows no bounds. Why do you think municipalities are so cash strapped? So the irony is that these activists are standing up for our city and our community. City Councillors should have the vision to support them, not oppress them. We expect the activists to be treated with respect and care," said Dalton.




Contact Information

  • OFL
    Sid Ryan
    416-209-0066 (mobile)

    Lynn Simmons
    OFL Communications
    416-668-7480 (mobile)

    London & District Labour Council
    Patti Dalton