Ontario Federation of Labour

Ontario Federation of Labour

July 13, 2005 14:44 ET

Rally to Protest firing of 26 women strikers by Torstar

Strike and Solidarity Rally at Torstar Head Office Thursday July 14 noon Attention: Assignment Editor, Business/Financial Editor, City Editor, Media Editor, News Editor TORONTO--(CCNMatthews - July 13, 2005) - Fifty members of the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada, Local 87-M (CEP), have been out on strike for seven months to achieve pay equity. In the Company's final offer, they demanded that the women not only accept a wage freeze but also agree to abandon their pay equity claim. The workers had no choice.

Torstar, the owner of Brabant, waited until the six month date of the strike to fire all of the 26 women strikers. The Corporation has avoided their legal obligations to pay equal pay for equal work, they are using the loopholes in the Labour Relations Act to fire women who demand justice.

The Rally on Thursday, July 14 at noon is in solidarity with these striking members.

"Brabant and its parent, Torstar, have demonstrated by their actions an abandonment of their long professed principles of social responsibility along with their employees in Stoney Creek," said Cec Makowski, Ontario Region Vice-President, CEP. "They need to know that the Union will not take this lying down. They can expect a response on the picket line, in litigation and at their doorstep."

OFL President Wayne Samuelson says that this struggle is not only for these fired women strikers but a struggle for the entire labour movement. "I'm shocked at the actions Torstar has taken," Samuelson said. "The Ontario Federation of Labour is committed to stand with these workers and their union."

Speaking at the rally: Richard Leitner, Local 87-M President, CEP
Cec Makowski, Ontario Region Vice-President, CEP
Wayne Samuelson, President, Ontario Federation of Labour

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Contact Information

  • Wayne Samuelson, OFL President
    Primary Phone: 416-571-7408