UFCW Canada

UFCW Canada

July 29, 2009 12:31 ET

Walmart Canada Seeks Injunction Against Labour Rights Website

Walmart is seeking a court injunction against www.walmartworkerscanada.ca, a website maintained by UFCW Canada and dedicated to helping over 80,000 Walmart "associates" exercise their rights as workers

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - July 29, 2009) -

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Walmart, the world's largest corporation, has reached a new low by filing for a court injunction that could limit the effectiveness of a website dedicated to helping Canadian Walmart 'associates' understand and exercise their rights as workers.

The injunction was filed with the Quebec Superior Court on July 3 and concerns the popular and award winning website www.walmartworkercanada.ca , maintained by UFCW Canada, a labour union dedicated to helping Walmart workers for nearly a decade.

"This injunction request is an over the top assault on freedom of speech and on our ability to effectively communicate with Walmart workers," says UFCW Canada National President Wayne Hanley. "It's a kneejerk response by Walmart to the idea of its employees trying to understand their options as workers, and trying to share experiences with other 'associates'."

Hanley goes further to say, "Walmart's response to the success of www.walmartworkerscanada.ca is just another outrageous example of how the largest retailer in the history of the world will use its bottomless legal budget to manipulate the collective bargaining process and do just about anything to discourage its 'associates' from joining the union."

Despite several threatening letters from Walmart and the prospect of a legal battle, UFCW Canada refuses to be silenced and has launched a public awareness and popular action campaign in response the multinational's threat.

On July 28, UFCW Canada launched a new campaign that calls on Canadians to contribute to the defence of their digital rights by challenging Walmart executives to demonstrate that they respect freedom of expression by immediately dropping the injunction request.

Those looking to contribute to the campaign - and see a list of Walmart's demands - can visit www.walmartworkerscanada.ca/freespeech to send a protest letter to Walmart executives. Citizens and internet users are also invited to join the SAVE the CIRCLE! facebook group and spread the word about the campaign to all their friends.

Walmart will make its case to Quebec's top court in the coming weeks.

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