For Immediate Release, Grey-Bruce Labour Council, Feb 4, 2012, Electro-Motive Plant Closure
Two weeks ago the community, labour, the occupy movement and citizens from all walks of life stood in London in support of workers; not just the workers at Electro-Motive, but the Canadian worker. Yes, the focus was the CAW Members on the picket line, but the workers on the line that day represented every single worker in Canada being wilfully targeted by corporate and government organs and repreresentatives that have made it the purpose of their existence to destroy the ability of workers in Canada and around the world to exercise any form of self defence such as collective bargaining. In Canada it is particularly heinous and despicable as these agents of terror are purposefully undermining the right of Canadian workers to their charter right to free collective barging.
In a week where the former Goodyear plant in Owen Sound announced the closing of it's doors the announcement by Caterpillar cannot help but stir the call to direct action. What form does such action take? Dave Trumble, President of the Grey-Bruce Labour Council and one of many that journeyed to London and stood with USW 818L at the Goodyear plant some years ago believes that this will become only too obvious when in the near future those "left to deal with poverty, illness, injury and the 99% who no longer see the inequality in our society as sustainable take up the call to change the status quo". The battle plan will no doubt exhibit a focus on seeing progressive governments elected, but people should not be surprised if the streets begin to fill up with people that have had enough.
In an interview on Friday Trumble called the actions of Caterpillar and the Harper government sad and despicable. The Grey-Bruce Labour Council will be carrying out a planning session in the next week and will align itself clearly with the Ontario Federation of Labour and the Canadian Labour Congress and the 99% as the time nears to re-establish fairness and equality in Canada.
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