Jul 222013
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Use of replacement workers at Labatt leads to injuries and accidents.

from the National Union of Public and General Employees

ST JOHN'S,  July 17, 2013 — The Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Public and Private Employees (NAPE/NUPGE) is sounding the alarm on the potential for dangerous workplace situations associated with the use of replacement workers after recent incidents at the Labatt Brewing Company plant in St John’s.

“There are reports of workplace injuries, accidents, and potential violations of the province’s Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) legislation involving replacement workers at the Labatt plant,” said NAPE President Carol Furlong. “We have a situation at the plant where ill-trained and inexperienced workers are crossing a picket line to operate complex equipment and deal with potentially dangerous chemicals and caustic materials. This is a recipe for disaster.”

“In the past few days alone, we have become aware of a serious injury sustained by a replacement worker while on the assembly line as well as a chemical spill of a caustic substance outside the building,” said Furlong. “These incidents support our call for the government to enact anti-scab legislation.”

The plant has been operated by replacement workers since unionized workers there began a strike on April 10.

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More information
NAPE strike/boycott page
NUPGE delegates unanimously support striking NAPE members: vow to boycott Labatt imports

About National Union of Public and General Employees

The National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) is one of Canada's largest labour organizations with over 340,000 members. Our mission is to improve the lives of working families and to build a stronger Canada by ensuring our common wealth is used for the common good.

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