The Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Public and Private Employees (NAPE) is calling on the provincial government to introduce legislation that will prevent the use of replacement workers and strikebreakers during a legal strike.
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NAPE President Carol Furlong
NAPE issued a news release today on the issue as the strike at Labatt Brewing Company (Labatt) in St. John’s is into its eighth month.
“The lack of such legislation has prolonged strikes and caused undue hardship for the working people of this province, including the workers who are currently on strike at Labatt in St. John’s,” said NAPE President Carol Furlong.
She noted the provinces of Quebec and British Columbia have legislation in place which prevents the use of strikebreakers.
“We want the same provisions for workers in this province so that both parties are operating on a level playing field,” Furlong said.
“It does nothing for labour relations to have enduring strikes that would likely be resolved if there wasn’t interference from using strike breakers.
“Not so long ago a strike with Vale, another multi-billion dollar corporation, went on for over a year due the use of replacement workers. Only when the government intervened was this strike finally resolved.”