Montreal, Quebec – The Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) is calling for a national boycott of Petro-Canada products, in support of 260 locked-out workers at the petroleum company’s refinery in Montreal. The workers are members of the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada (CEP), and have been locked out since November 17, 2007.
The CLC said the lockout occurred after Petro-Canada refused to meet the settlement pattern it had established at its Edmonton refinery, and then matched for Petro-Canada workers in Ontario and British Columbia. The pattern was also matched by all other unionized employers in the oil, gas and petrochemical industry across the country.
“Canadians should not support any company that has the gall to wrap itself in our flag and use our maple leaf as part of its logo while it abuses its workers, ignores their rights as Canadian citizens, and breaks the law by using scab labour,” said CLC president Ken Georgetti. “Shame on Petro-Canada.”
According to CEP president Dave Coles, the union has attempted to meet the needs of the company for a major new capital project, but Petro-Canada has so far refused to recognize the national bargaining settlement, or to end the lockout. In October, the Quebec Federation of Labour also called for a consumer boycott of Petro-Canada products.