Canadian Labour Congress

Canadian Labour Congress

April 07, 2005 16:14 ET

"Read Our Charter of Rights," Georgetti tells Wal-Mart

Supreme Court Upholds Saskatchewan Labour Board Attention: Assignment Editor, Business/Financial Editor, News Editor, World News Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor OTTAWA --(CCNMatthews - April 7, 2005) - OTTAWA - The Supreme Court of Canada will not hear Wal-Mart's challenges of the power of the Saskatchewan Labour Relations Board (SLRB) and the right of workers in Saskatchewan, to the protection of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and of that province's labour relations legislation when they want to form a union.

"They should start reading our Charter of Rights and Freedoms at Wal-Mart head offices," says Ken Georgetti, president of the Canadian Labour Congress. "When Wal-Mart first contested the authority of the Saskatchewan Labour Relations Board last summer, I sent them a copy of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, today, I am telling them that they should read it."

Last summer, following an application by the United Food and Commercial Workers Internationl Union (UFCW) Canada union to represent employees at a Wal-Mart store in Weyburn, Saskatchewan, the SLRB requested that Wal-Mart Canada deliver internal strategy materials as evidence in order to determine if the company had breached Saskatchewan labour laws during the union organizing campaign. Wal-Mart has now exhausted all its appeals. The corporation must respect our laws and be transparent about its tactics when its employees want to form a union.

Beside the Wal-Mart judicial manoeuvres in Saskatchewan to deny its employees their right to belong to a union, the company is facing a number of complaints for the same reasons across the country, including for its announcement to close its store in Jonquière, Québec, after its employees there did form a union.

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