Paperworkers in Quebec
fight layoffs, plant closure
LEBEL-SUR-QUEVILLON, QuebecThe 360 members of the Chemical, Energy and Paperworkers Union (CEP) have been locked out by Domtar in northern Quebec since Nov. 24, 2005. Two days earlier workers at the pulp plant had voted by 97 percent to reject the company demands that would lead to the layoff of more than 100 workers. Domtar wants layoffs by department, ignoring overall seniority. If you dont have seniority you havent got a union, Ron Allard told the Militant on the picket line.
One of the latest acts of solidarity for the mill workers was an April 10 rally that drew 1,500 people in a community of 3,500. In Malartic, in the same area, CEP-organized workers at the Domtar sawmill are fighting the announced closure of the plant, now scheduled for May 5.
Joe Young and
in Ontario appeal for support
VAUGHAN, OntarioSome 60 members of Carpenters Union Local 1072 have been locked out since last December, by idX here, just north of Toronto. The unionists refused to accept the companys contract proposal, which included a 33 percent reduction in pay and benefit and pension cuts. IdX has brought in replacement workers and hired private antiunion security. Its union-busting 100 percent, theyre not interested in negotiating, but in getting rid of the union, Local 1072 business agent Tony Orelas told the Militant in the union picket trailer on April 17. The Ontario Federation of Labor is appealing to other unionists to give their support by visiting the picket line and sending solidarity messages or financial contributions. These can be sent to Tony Orelas, c/o Carpenters Union Local 1072, 222 Rowntree Dairy Road, Woodbridge, Ontario, L4L 9T2.
Australia: protesters condemn
wage cuts at Opera House
SYDNEY, AustraliaA series of protests at the Sydney Opera House, called by the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU), the United Service Group has agreed to re-negotiate a union contract for the 20 maintenance workers there. The company, which is taking over maintenance work at the Opera House, had initially offered nonunion individual contracts that cut pay by 15 percent to 20 percent. Joao Mavureira, the union delegate, and Adriano Juarez, still on light duty after being seriously injured on the job, werent offered contractsor jobsby the new company. The protests began February 24 with the largest in early March. Negotiations on the contract are now taking place.
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