UFCW Canada

UFCW Canada

October 15, 2005 20:03 ET

PRIME MINISTER MUST ACT "BEFORE SOMEONE GETS KILLED" AT LAKESIDE

Attention: Assignment Editor, City Editor, Food/Beverage Editor, News Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor CALGARY, ALBERTA--(CCNMatthews - Oct. 15, 2005) - The national director of the union on strike at Lakeside Packers in Brooks, Alberta has stepped up his call for Prime Minister Paul Martin to facilitate a resolution "before someone gets killed", in the wake of three picketers and the union's local president all being hospitalized after being attacked by Tyson company personnel.

"On Thursday three picketers ended up in hospital after they were viciously swarmed and beaten by Lakeside managers," recounted Michael J. Fraser, the national director of UFCW Canada (United Food and Commercial Workers Canada), "and now they attempt to murder the President of the local union by ramming his car off the road."

"Premier Klein has said he's not prepared to intervene. Then let Prime Minister Martin show leadership and use his power to facilitate a resolution. Tyson's Lakeside Packers is a federally licensed and inspected plant. Tyson's tactics have created an explosive situation. This is not the Wild West. Assault and attempted murder are not acceptable bargaining tactics."

It is the second time this week Fraser has called on the Prime Minister to get involved and avert a tragedy. Fraser made his latest comments while enroute to Alberta where yesterday Doug O'Halloran, the president of UFCW Local 401 was chased and forced off the road by cars driven by Lakeside Packers management personnel.

O'Halloran is now listed in guarded condition.

Arkansas-based Tyson Foods, the owners of Lakeside Packers, forced the strike after rejecting a settlement drafted by a mediator appointed by the Alberta government to facilitate a first-contract agreement.
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Contact Information

  • Michael Forman, Coordinator, National Media, UFCW CANADA
    Primary Phone: 416-675-1104 ext. 249
    Secondary Phone: 416-579-8330
    E-mail: mforman@ufcw.ca